Jun 28, 2017

Sunken Garden Planting

written by Tom Eaglestone

Here are some photos of a garden I designed and we planted a year ago now. The drainage required some thought after the builders panned the clay soil which was shallow. Metal edged limestone aggregate paths lead you through the planting. Imported organic topsoil/compost was used to raise the beds to improve the soil and help with the drainage. A network of drainage channels were installed underneath. We also clad the horrible retaining block wall in 4″ x 1″ timber. Wildflower meadow turf was laid down the side of the house which is steeply banked. Three Amelanchier lamarckii  and three Malus Evereste were planted too to create an orchard feel. Last autumn we planted a bare root hedge to frame the space. This meadow is seen immediately when entering the property and from their kitchen.