The Family Garden On A Slope
This garden, on quite a slope, was designed for a family of five. I have given them space for 6 – 8 people to eat close to the house, an area of level lawn for the children to play on and a pond which can be viewed from the conservatory window with a safety grate on to protect the children. There is also space for a rotary washing line and a smaller seating area in the shade. The shed was existing but I have redesigned the compost area to make it practical for use and screened this from the rest of the garden.
Steps and retaining walls were necessary in this garden, and I have placed a wooden balustrade on top of the retaining wall for safety. This can be seen through and means that the lower and upper levels are not entirely separated. There was an existing acer and acacia in the garden and the bottom of the garden was shaded by a neighbour’s tree. I have added some structural planting and shrub/herbaceous borders with colourful, year-round interest.
Close to the house there are some herbs, including angelica, fennel, rosemary, sage, oregano, mint and parsley. Other plants in the garden include Echinacea purpurea, Echinops ritro, Allium giganteum, Stipa gigantea and Verbena bonariensis. The shady areas are planted with shade-loving plants including primroses (primula vulgaris), pulmonaria ‘Blue Ensign’, Brunnera macrophylla, foxgloves, ferns and Japanese anemones (anemone x hybrida ‘Honorine Jobert’)