Two gardens were designed for this young family, to complement their newly renovated and extended detached family house in Brighton.
For the front, a Mediterranean-style gravel garden will enjoy the South-facing position, with drought-tolerant planting to reduce water demands; featuring scented shrubs like Rosemary, Choisya and Pittosporum which will provide evergreen structure, interspersed with perennials to pop-up and provide colour and seasonal interest. Ample space for the family cars included on the gravel driveways, with Dutch-style clay pavers used to create steps and stepping stones through the planting.
For the rear, the brief was to include a large artificial lawn for the kids to run around and play football on, which would be easily viewable from the new raised terrace, and to include plenty of planting. The lawn is wrapped on all sides with deep mixed borders with a mix of easy to maintain, yet high-impact and great performing perennials, with a backbone of clipped cubes of evergreen hedges to hold the design together.
An existing garden studio has been thoughtfully integrated into the design, and a secret little spot hidden away in the far corner, obscured by tall ornamental grasses, for sneaking away to enjoy a quiet moment, or for the family to huddle around the firepit and toast marshmallows.
The boundaries will be lined with pleached trees to provide screening at the perfect hide to obscure views from neighbours, whilst maximising planting space in the garden and being easy to control in the long term, with a framework to prune back to.
Currently in construction.
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