BEFORE, Close to House
Initially Woodlands was a more or less blank field in an awkward L-shape with wild rabbits and deer regularly visiting. Splitting the garden into three sections seemed the obvious solution.
I fenced off the far section and created a wildflower meadow, which shortened the area to fully 'rabbit proof', stopped the family dog from disappearing to the dark far end of the garden at night, and also reduced the maintenance level for the garden. A central statue at the top of the meadow provides a focal point for the garden.
The middle section became a formal quartered box edged flower garden with filigree gazebo, spiral topiary and vibrant planting for year-round interest. Framed in the centre of the gazebo, the view of the statue in the wildflower meadow contrasts beautifully with the formality.
Nearest the house there was a terrible view of next-door's outbuildings seen behind the fence. This was solved by planting a pleached hornbeam 'hedge on stilts' which masks the view and is a lovely feature in its own right. Woodland shrubs and perennials are planted beneath and the remaining garden laid to lawn in a traditional scheme.
This garden is shown annually for the National Garden Scheme.
Broad Oak, East Sussex