Overlooking a stunning vista of the water and nature reserve of Chichester Harbour, this project required a hardscape and planting design that would blend the striking architecture of the house with its surroundings without impacting on the view.
The biggest challenge for the planting is the open site and it was important that the planned planting be wind and salt -resilient, and ensured that in combination with the hard elements, that key areas around the house feel protected from the elements while for example, sitting out on summer evenings or using the pool.
The garden scheme is inspired by the view - allowing the existing grass to grow out into a meadow with mown paths brings the borrowed view up to the house and Cor-Ten Steel raised planters around the buildings ensure the architecture is rooted into the landscape, especially when viewed from the water, whilst providing screening from the wind without detracting from the view. The planting is bold and uncomplicated using pallette of colours chosen to sit with the materials used in the house, providing year-round interest through the expansive use of trees, clipped topiary elements, perennials and grasses that provide form, structure and colour through each season.
David Loy MSGD B.Sc. (Hons) Horticulture RHS Cert Horticulture SGD (Society of Garden Designers) - Registered Member