CONTEMPORARY NATURALISM

Dreaming of a garden that mirrors the distinctive character and graceful curves of their contemporary home in the South Downs National Park. Our clients entrusted us to design a garden that seamlessly connects their home to its natural surroundings. Whilst also remaining sympathetic to the landscape character and biodiversity of the National Park.

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Transforming a Contempory Home in the South Downs National Park

From conception to execution, our experienced design team created a tailored landscape design. It harmoniously integrated the contemporary architectural features with a naturalistic planting design, blurring the boundaries between indoor and outdoor spaces to create a genuine extension of our client’s living space.

Generous terraces

Perched above garden level, the terrace immediately attached to the house is now significantly larger to allow spaces for effortless entertaining or family suppers. Wide steps lead down into the garden opening up the views beyond. Low retaining walls rendered to match the house walls are softened with loosely clipped yew hedging.

Swimming Pool

Wide steps ease the route down to the lower level garden terrace with a swimming pool. Edge to edge steps in the swimming pool double as seats to allow for relaxation in the shallows. The pool is integrated into the planting to provide a further connection with visiting butterflies, bees and dragonflies. Pool maintenance solutions include a below-ground control room and heat pumps designed out of view.

Naturalistic planting

This garden truly exemplifies our planting philosophy ‘Nature AMPlified’.  Large sweeping lawns are essential for family games. Bordered by broad swathes of low maintenance wildflower meadow to invite wildlife and planting biodiversity. The meadow is studded with mature clipped yew cushions, complementing the property’s rear elevation and providing year-round interest.

The existing treescapes have been improved and enhanced with a balance of screening trees for privacy and shelter. New trees have been selected to provide a blaze of colour which can be enjoyed from the property’s balconies every Autumn.

Formal planting borders around the terraces are filled with scented, colourful, architectural flowers. These bring the terraces to life whilst also providing a playful, ever-changing display of bloom to be enjoyed from inside the house, looking out.

South Downs National Park – Planning Constraints

Our client’s home is located within a within a predominantly residential area of the stunning South Downs National Park. It was therefore essential that our design for their garden met all the design guidance as well as planning restrictions that apply to properties within the National Park.  We have over two decades of experience designing gardens in this area and working with the South Downs Planning Team, ensuring that our designs are sympathetic to the landscape character, biodiversity and cultural heritage of the National Park, and the impact of climate change.