An informal path of stepping stones set in locally sourced pebbles meanders through seaside planting up to the front door, creating a welcoming and relaxing entrance to my clients’ eco house that sits on top of a cliff top with stunning views over the sea and beach below.
Tall grasses which catch the sunlight, nectar rich planting and herbs enclose a secluded afternoon sun seating area, whilst a lawn is used for play. Two steeply sloping sandy slopes on either side of the house are stabilised by dune grass found growing on the beach below, whilst Gaura and Verbena bonariensis are dotted through for colour, movement and to attract wildlife.
Native coastal plants like sea kale, sea campion, sea holly along with some Mediterranean plants were included in the design as they can survive the harsh climatic conditions – strong salty sea winds, sandy soil and low rainfall. A Pinus nigra and silver birch were introduced to bring height into the garden and link in with local heathland.
I’m thrilled that this garden won an SGD 2020 Award. The judges remarks:
‘A well-designed garden demonstrating a thoughtful use of local materials and a well-considered drought-tolerant plant choice, reflecting the local environment on the dry, sandy Suffolk coast.’ Photos copyright Marianne Majerus & Sue Townsend