RURAL REFINED COTTAGE GARDEN IN WEST SUSSEX

Making the most of a stunning panoramic view of the South Downs hills, we designed this steeply sloping garden to create a heightened English landscape for colourful interest throughout the year.

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In Spring, this elegant cottage garden weaves acid-yellow hellebores, grasses hellebores and emerging perennials laced with vibrant orange and moody tulips, surrounding the Purbeck stone terraces. Single pieces of Purbeck become steps leading down into the wider garden.

The sloping planting plan includes a gorgeous muddle of perennials and roses. Informal shrub planting to boundary walls providing privacy and shelter from the seasonally forceful winds,  more beautiful and environmentally sustainable than large swathes of retaining wall.

The ancient and inspiring yew forest of Kingley Vale is nearby. So, we used “Taxus baccata” cloud pruning hedging around a circular lawn to provide a restful space, before emerging into meadow and a small orchard much loved by pollinators, wildlife and our clients. A copse of “Amelanchier lamarckii” at the sharp end of the wedge-shaped garden heralds the start of Autumn with fiery foliage, such a contract to their delicate flowers of Spring.

Our team relish this kind of turn-key garden design and build project, where onsite challenges become positive benefits through the design of a new garden. This West Sussex garden featured in ‘The English Garden’ magazine in May 2019, and ‘Country Living’ magazine in April 2020.

“The transformation of this ‘slice of pie shaped’ garden is a design inspiration’

Country Living April 2020.