Gardens Revisited – Circular garden

We’ve been a bit quiet on the blog front since the New Year, mainly because we’ve been so fabulously busy! Most people assume, understandably, that landscaping is a seasonal undertaking and that winter is our quiet time. Of course, there’s not an awful lot that can be done during extreme weather like last year’s Beast from the East, but with some careful planning and a bit of juggling, there are ALWAYS jobs that can be tackled despite rain, a bit of snow, or low temperatures. On top of the landscaping work there’s all the design work going on in the office and also planning for the 2019 flower show season, which for us starts with RHS Chelsea in May.

We hope to tell you more about some recently completed and upcoming projects very soon but in the meantime we wanted to revisit a lovely garden we designed and built in East Sussex a few years ago.

This garden is a great example of a fairly low maintenance domestic garden in a suburban area. The original garden was a very square and boring space and the brief was very much focused on making sure we changed the regular nature of it into something that was curvy, had lots of interest and some focal points in it.

It was a very flat site so there were no particular difficulties in building it but the design included interlocking circles of different sizes and so it was important to make sure that the measurements were accurate and corresponded correctly i.e. if a path was 3m in diameter then the terrace was 6m in diameter etc.

The main features of the design include a dining terrace at the back of the house which was constructed using natural sandstone paving slabs. A curved path, using the same natural sandstone but in a smaller sett paving, surrounds the circular lawn and leads to the circular softwood decking and pergola, which includes decking lights and screw eyes for a hammock to be hung from the uprights. Next to the decking is a small paved area designated for the barbecue.

We also created another little journey down a curvy pebble path, past a lovely pond/wildlife area, which the client wanted to encourage wildlife into the garden as a point of interest for the children. At the end of the path is a small utility area with a shed.

The client was a New Zealander so we planted tree ferns and New Zealand flax to remind him of his native country. We created interest by using lots of different shapes, textures and materials: different sized paving slabs and setts, pebble paths and borders, timber decking and raised beds, and different heights and textures in the planting scheme.

There is certainly nothing ‘regular’ about this garden and it is still one of our favourites!

Natural sandstone slab and sett paving – Corker
Treated softwood timberwork and decking – Travis Perkins
Pond materials, pump and lighting – Landscapeplus
Plants – Provender Nurseries