My former garden in Sussex

My former garden in Sussex
Situated in the Sussex Weald to the north of the South Downs, my country garden was in a frost pocket and on heavy clay but blessed with some mature trees and a sheltered south-facing courtyard area.
My former garden in Sussex
My former garden in Sussex
A hornbeam hedge was established to separate the courtyard from the wilder part of the garden through the arch. Here a spring wildflower meadow led to a wildlife pond surrounded by mostly native plants and ornamental grasses. The pond was a magnet for dragonflies and even kingfishers. The two bronze sculptures in the garden are both by Brian Alabaster.
My former garden in Sussex
My former garden in Sussex
My former garden in Sussex
My former garden in Sussex
The courtyard, open to the south, was set up as a dry garden and the plants received no irrigation once established. Being a sun trap in summer, the copper bowl fountain was commissioned from Humphrey Bowden to add the cooling sight and sound of running water. Wide smooth decking in western red cedar ran around two sides of the courtyard to provide ample space for dining or sunbathing. Requiring no treatment other than an occasional wash down, it was allowed to weather to the same silvery grey as the roof shingles, also of western red cedar.
My former garden in Sussex
Planting concentrated more on foliage than flowers and was set up to constantly change through the seasons and to be viewed from many different directions as all the main rooms of the house looked directly onto the courtyard. I aimed to make use of the effects of looking against the light through the miscanthus in particular, and also used subtle lighting after dark to draw attention to the fountain.

 

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