A Contemporary Wildlife Garden

View across the wildlife pond and lawn to a bespoke circular cedar arbour. Contemporary garden design in Norfolk.
Summer flowers and bespoke cedar arbour in a contemporary wildlife garden in Norwich, NR7
Bespoke circular cedar arbour over gravel seating area
The view from the garage across the lawn with bespoke cedar arbour to one side. Norwich NR7.
The entrance to the woodland garden seen through planting and willow fence. Wildlife garden, Norwich, NR7.
The view through the woodland and woven willow fence to the main garden and house. Wildlife garden design by Sue Bell Garden Design.
View across the lawn to the black basalt patio and pond near the house. Wildlife garden Sprowston, Norwich, designed by Sue Bell Garden Design.
Sawn and flamed black basalt steps and patio next to a semi-raised wildlife pond. Contemporary garden in Norwich, Norfolk.
Ornamental log pile with climbing plants
Looking down the garden before it was redeveloped
Looking back to the house before the garden was redeveloped
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This garden was almost a blank canvas, but was an awkward shape, situated on a slope, and over-looked on all sides. The clients wanted to create a wildlife-friendly garden that was quite formal near the house but more relaxed (although not messy) further out.

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.

Garden area: 140m2
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.

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