Wildlife and water garden

Project 3 Plan

Wildlife and water garden – Plan

The Brief

This garden was for a young couple in their thirties, both keen gardeners. They wanted a still body of water which along with the planting should attract wildlife. In addition to this a terraced area for dinning, to accommodate up to 6 people, along with a second area for relaxation by the still body of water was required. Interest throughout the year with an emphasis on spring and autumn together with the use of native plants were also to be included. A pergola or similar structure was also desired.

The Design

The style of the garden is informal, with significant planting areas designed to attract a wide variety of wildlife into the garden.

From the patio area steps lead down to the main dining and entertaining area, buff coloured natural stone paving has been used which works well with the other hard landscaping materials. A gravel path leads you through an oak pergola, which has been planted with richly scented Wisteria. Halfway down the pergola an additional gravel path takes you through the garden to the pond.  A timber deck provides an outdoor and indoor seating area, so the richly planted pond and surrounding areas can be enjoyed whatever the weather. This area has been screened from the house with the use of native trees and mixed planting borders.

A mixture of shrubs, grasses and perennials, with flowering periods throughout the seasons, ensures a healthy abundance of wildlife. Amelanchier lamarckii, Acer campestre and Sorbus aucuparia provide wonderful spring blossom and fiery coloured leaf colour in the autumn months.