A reclaimed natural stone terrace by the house provides somewhere for the clients to dine outdoors and enjoy some shade under the pergola. Wide joints planted with moss soften the look of the terrace and provide a valuable resource for nest building birds. A path leads from the terrace down to a curved lawn with areas of wildflowers to attract bees and butterflies and a large natural pond in the centre. The gently sloping sides of the pond allows wildlife easy access and ensure that creatures such as hedgehogs won’t be unable to get out of the pond if they fall into it. A rustic carved log bench at the edge of the lawn provides an ideal place to sit and enjoy the view. A sculptural bug house is an attractive feature in amongst the wildflowers.
The planting scheme includes a lot of native plants such as Silver Birch, Primroses, Lily of the Valley, Hellebores, Iris, Snowdrops, Solomon’s Seal and Foxgloves. Buddleja and Echinacea were chosen to attract butterflies and bees. The plants are placed in large swathes that interweave throughout the garden to give a very natural look.
The garden will burst into life in Spring when the Snowdrops open under the Silver Birch trees. Summer will be full of colour and life as the plants will attract all kinds of insects, butterflies, birds and other wildlife. Autumn will be spectacular with the yellow foliage and orange / red berries of the Rowan, golden leaves of the Silver Birch and masses of pink flowers of Cyclamen weaving throughout the garden whilst the seed heads of the Echinacea, the grasses and ferns will provide contrasting shapes and interest. In winter the bright red stems of Westonbirt Dogwood will look stunning against the white bark of the Birch trees.
keen gardeners, no children
South facing, sloping site
slightly acidic, well drained, medium loam
a haven for wildlife, large natural pond, area for dining close to the house, small seating area overlooking the pond, log store, small space for compost, retain existing holly hedge and mature trees
year round interest, emphasis on spring and autumn, include native plants