After the homeowners had built their imported Canadian wooden eco-home onto the footprint of an original bungalow, they were left with a ‘sea of mud’ where the garden should be.
Susan joined the project when construction was in full tilt to be faced with an expanse of compacted mud and a few trees, with homeowners requesting their dream garden.
In the brief, the clients asked for ideas on screening the neighbours’ satellite dish, which was in close view on one side of the property. They also requested a planted panorama of texture and colour to be viewed all year from that side of the house, a covered dining area, screened sunbathing area and a path to the vegetable garden and greenhouse.
Susan provided concepts and plant lists, which were agreed with the client and the planting was carried out over the first planting season.
A new lawn was laid and Susan advised on the pergola and its base.
The garden is now mature, and the owners delight in its exuberance throughout the year, opening it in the summer to local people to raise money for charity.
Upon completion of our new house we were faced with a large garden which was a sea of mud. Susan helped to clarify our ideas as to the type of garden and its overall design, taking on board our own ideas (and budget) as well as her own. In particular her extensive knowledge of plants and their uses, their size and colour has provided a beautiful garden. Susan was happy to provide a flexible service as and when needed and was able to bring in other reliable local trades-people to provide for example hard landscaping services.