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Terraced planting for a sloping garden

Terraced planting for a sloping garden

The existing patio of Yorkstone crazy paving was cut down and recycled on site to build drystone walling effect walls. 

East Horsley

Brief:

The brief for this large country garden was to extend the paved area into a large level terrace adjacent to the house, providing flexible space for family gatherings and parties. The new layout offers options for seating and eating in different parts of the garden. The vista from the house is an important aspect of the design, with outdoor lighting to ensure that the views of the garden can be enjoyed both day and night.

Design:

In keeping with the Arts and Crafts house, and responding to the contours of the garden, a large semi-circular paved terrace provides the entertaining space required, with easy access to the kitchen. Steps with bespoke bull-nosed edging lead to a more intimate seating area and the garden beyond. The existing crazy paved Yorkstone terrace was recycled on site and used to face the retaining wall. Ornamental grasses and tall herbaceous perennials in the terraced beds link with the planting in the rest of the garden. Exterior lighting around the steps and terraces, together with mood lighting among the trees and shrubs give a new dimension to the garden.

semi circular terrace and steps lead up to the woodland garden

semi circular terrace and steps lead up to the woodland garden

Curved steps with bespoke Indian Sandstone bull nosed treads

Curved steps with bespoke Indian Sandstone bull nosed treads

Curved terraces and steps from the garden to house

Curved terraces and steps from the garden to house

Retaining walls create two planting terraces

Retaining walls create two planting terraces

Brick pier with bespoke Indian sandstone capping

Brick pier with bespoke Indian sandstone capping

Terraced planting for a sloping garden

Terraced planting for a sloping garden