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Flint cottage garden design and planting in sussex


The brief was to include lots of plants! The house is part of a large U shaped barn conversion, creating 8 new houses. The gardens all look out over a shared large lawn and the countryside beyond. This garden faces south and is HOT in summer. Also the ground here was pretty awful. Old farm yard and chalk pan make for difficult growing conditions.
We dug up the old concrete farmyard and loosened the chalk, then created raised beds using oak half sleepers. This allowed us to import a good depth of top soil. The key to the planting was to create a bit of privacy from the neighbours without spoiling the view or using anything too heavy.
The flowerbeds are full of grasses, perennials and spring bulbs, with Pittosporum tom thumb domes providing year round structure. The colours of the house bricks are picked up in the planting with penstemon raven and allium sphaerocephalon and the flint and paving colour is echoed with the grass seedheads and veronicastrum. The planting is highlighted in the evening with the low sunlight.
Wisteria, roses and trachelospermum fill the small garden with scent through the summer.
This was planted under a year ago.

Flint cottage garden design and planting in Sussex

The brief was to include lots of plants! A challenge for a small garden!
The house is part of a large U shaped barn conversion, creating 8 new houses. The gardens all look out over a shared large lawn and the countryside beyond.
This small garden faces south and is HOT in summer. Also the ground here was pretty awful. Old farm yard and chalk pan make for difficult growing conditions.
We dug up the old concrete farmyard and loosened the chalk, then created 20cm high raised beds using oak half sleepers. This allowed us to import a good depth of top soil.
The key to the planting was to create a bit of privacy from the neighbours without spoiling the view or using anything too heavy.
The flowerbeds are full of grasses, perennials and spring bulbs, with Pittosporum tom thumb domes providing year round structure.
The colours of the house bricks are picked up in the planting with penstemon raven and allium sphaerocephalon and the flint and paving colour is echoed with the grass seedheads and veronicastrum.
The planting is highlighted in the evening with the low sunlight. Wisteria, roses and trachelospermum fill the small garden with scent through the summer.
The planting is irrigated and mulched and the owner really takes care of the plants. This was planted under a year ago.