Here we initially created a large nature pond on a former commercial site in Gateshead, secondly we redesigned a walled garden overlooking the site.
At the highest point of the garden a formal rectangular lawn culminates in a Yew enclosed circle from which a bench looks out across the top garden and down to the wildlife pond beyond. Planting is low maintenance, colourful herbaceous perennials such as russian sage ( Perovskia atriplex ‘Blue Spire’ ) and Stachys byzantina wind their way through the top borders amongst clumps of Calamagrostis ‘Karl Foerster’ and native Lady’s Mantle (Alchemilla mollis)
On the opposite side of the lawn two rows of pleached Hornbeam march beside a pathway linking the top garden to the sunny patio area outside the greenhouse. A low box hedge softens the level change in between. A new greenhouse top was commissioned from Woodpecker Joinery, a mellow western red cedar wood construction that sits upon Lady Cross Quarry capping stones.
From the greenhouse a staggered path leads through a gravel garden populated with low growing Thymes. Two former stone planting troughs have become restful pools amongst planting beds through which a dark whin dust path curves down to the lowest point in the garden. This naturally boggy part of the garden will be colonised by plants that will thrive in the moist soil. Black bamboo forms a backdrop for giant leaved bog plants such as Astilboides tabularis and Rodgersia pinnata. Either side of the path a gravel swale has been created to channel excess rain water through planting beds containing loosestrife and giant Crambe cordifolia. A sleeper bridge leads across the swale towards the lawn.
The large wildlife pond sits below the top garden on the fringes of a wooded valley, from its southern shore there is a view across grassland back to the house. Giant boulders form a causeway for stepping out over the water. Surrounding planting provides colour and shade in the form of native aquatic species, flaming dogwoods and willow. A wildflower meadow is planned to screen the house from a nearby public footpath which will be de marked by a narrow inlaid brick path amongst meadow grass.
Hard Landscaping by Silverbirch Landscaping.