A Contemporary Wildlife Garden
The design divides the garden in to three areas, each providing different wildlife habitats. Four seating areas encourage visitors in to the garden.
Nearest the house, and overlooked by the conservatory and living room, is a small terrace with a large, semi-raised, formal pond. The pond coping doubles as a seat but there’s also space for a bench. A beach, shallow water, marginal planting and an ornamental log pile provide habitats for insects and amphibians.
A wildflower lawn dominates the middle section of the garden. This will be supplemented with low-growing wildflowers to provide an insect-friendly space that can still be regularly mown. A path around the lawn passes under a bespoke circular arbour before turning back to a second terrace behind the pond. The arbour has a cantilevered beam to partially screen the seating area underneath. Generous borders encircle the area giving plenty of scope for planting.
A willow fence woven in-situ separates the main garden from a mini woodland beyond (tree still to be selected). An informal path passes through the willow fence, winding through a woodland planting to a hedgehog house and messy wood pile.
Location: Sprowston, Norfolk, NR7
Construction: IFC Landscapes Ltd.
Planting design and planting by the clients.
Bespoke cedar arbour built by The Garden Trellis Co. to a design by Sue Bell Garden Design.
Willow fence woven by Brampton Willows.
Pictures taken 18 months after completion. Planting on-going.
For more on this garden, including the progress of the build, pop over to the blog.