One year on in the build, two years on in the design and we are almost ready for planting. The garden has been levelled, using low retaining stone walls, into 4 separate gardens based on the original slope of site. A rill garden, a canal and an upper pool garden will all be enclosed with yew hedging this autumn. The majestic kitchen garden lime mortar walls are almost finished. There are many beautiful details in the stonework in this garden and a huge boulder serves as a stepping stone through the canal via the central axis path.
This is a wildlife garden designed for low maintenance and low impact on the environment. The canal already attracts swallows, they create stunning acrobatic displays as they swoop down and drink from the canal. All the pools have egress points for the creatures it may attract. The kitchen garden walls have nesting holes built into them, all the other walls have recessed pointing to encourage plants to grow in them and to offer shelter to small creatures. Lime mortar is used throughout. Lawns will be planted with daisy and Prunella and cut less frequently than most lawns. There will be trees and hedges which are beneficial to wildlife on so many different levels and borders will be planted with plants providing a long season pollen and nectar.
Months of hard work have gone into this garden already by an excellent team of builders. The design of the garden is the result of a partnership between myself and my client – a very exciting project.