Revisiting a Coastal Project


It was lovely to revisit one of our recently established gardens on the Hampshire Coast. We designed the garden in 2012 and it was fantastic to hear how much our clients have enjoyed it over the last few years and to see how well it has matured and settled into its surroundings.

The garden in 2012.

The transformation since our initial visit in 2012, to the garden it is now, has been remarkable. The original plot felt bare and exposed with very little in the way of existing features. Our design drew inspiration from the geometry of classical design, softened to achieve a truly relaxed coastal garden, inspired by its beautiful water front location.

The new layout completely transformed the long garden into a series of separate spaces, each with a different character and purpose, tempting you to explore through the garden before eventually reaching the waters edge and the wonderful views across the estuary. Our clients love entertaining and spending time outdoors and wanted a garden they could enjoy all year round. The design includes a weathered Oak deck next to the house for entertaining, leading out onto a series of crisp formal lawns, contrasting with the surrounding borders planted with perennials and ornamental grasses.

The loose formality near the house leads on to the pool side entertaining area with covered outdoor kitchen, framed by espalier pear trees and low double metal gates.

From here you transition through to the wildflower meadow along sweeping mown paths drawing you down to the shoreline, softening and blending the garden into the wilder landscape beyond, and bringing the maritime surroundings into the garden.

The design incorporates several places to sit and enjoy the garden from different viewpoints throughout the day, from a hammock strung up between mature trees, to benches dotted around the garden, and an informal table and chairs on a gravel area in an enclosed productive garden near the kitchen, taking advantage of the quiet sheltered spot next to the house.

With the planting now maturing throughout the garden, the scheme has a wonderful established feel, anchored into the surrounding landscape, as though it has always been there.