Water feature garden, Eastbourne
The Brief. David and Dorothy had recently moved into their new build home. The garden was a blank canvas. The brief was to have a low maintenance garden with a water feature with a "rill" through the patio.
The Garden Design.
There was also a need for a lawn as they had a dog. They liked the circle features they had seen on the website.
The design was based on two circular features, one paving and one lawn. A raised bed set at 45 degrees to the house and following half of the circles, made a striking feature. There is a pergola over the patio to offer some shade in a very sunny garden.
The water feature starts from a stainless steel blade coming from the centre point of the garden. The water then follows the cascade around the circular patio. This combination gave a beautiful soft bubbling sound.
The Garden Design project.
The job went very well with some great weather for the spring. With the water feature, I had to work out each stage around the circular patio. The raised beds were completed, this allowed me to half fill them with the excavated soil for the patio. This was very environmentally friendly as we didn’t use a skip on the project. The raised beds were finished off with imported top soil.
We used Indian sandstone for the paving. With the matching stone circle.
Planting the garden.
The planting scheme was centred around 4 Olive trees. With evergreen shrubs and perennials. David likes ornamental grasses, so there were a number of Miscanthus, Carex and Acorus. Of course, it wouldn’t be complete without Acers and Agapanthus. With the beds being raised, this allowed for easy reaching into the beds for pruning and weeding.
The sound of running water and the lush planting of the beds, this will mature into a relaxing garden, The design has created a 3 dimensional picture from the house. I can see many an hour spent relaxing, reading a book in this garden, or being inspired by the beautiful plants that surround you.