We are currently working on several projects which include swimming pools. In most situations our clients request covered and heated pools which are kept clean by adding chemicals. The downside of this is that chlorine is not particularly kind to our skin or the environment and quite often the pool has to be covered for the 355 days when the weather is too cold to swim. One of the joys of UK life!
The sustainable alternative is a bio-pool which has an outer margin of aquatic planting which filters the water leaving an open and natural 'swim-zone'. The pool attracts wildlife, is cheaper to maintain and of course, adds to the overall visual appearance of the garden. Note: It's no warmer :-)
Hove Lagoon Planting
There will be 2 main types of planting at the new Hove Lagoon site - meadow borders and medicinal herb gardens: The wildflower meadow has been developed by John Chambers Wilflower Seeds and is unique to this site. The mix has been selected taking into account the soil type, environmental considerations and flowering time to create a balanced blend of species.
The meadow is then enriched with bulbs and plug plants to provide a perennial, low maintenance and high impact border. This will extend the season from early flowering bulbs in January and February, to structural grasses and seed heads retaining their form deep into the winter months.
Withdean Road (6 Months on)
A final visit to check on progress at Withdean Road and glad to see that the planting has filled out and blurred the lines. This project has just won the RIBA South East Award for 'Best House' (....and garden). Congratulations to all involved in what was quite a challenging build.
Tongdean Road: Digger on site
Another collaboration with Grove Gardens and more mud. Work started in earnest at Tongdean Avenue with soil being stockpiled into large mounds to make sense of the undulating site levels. More images to follow.
The Weald and Downland Open Air Museum is well under way with restoration to the old Mill Pond (pictured) being completed this month. The working water mill has been battling against leaks for years so the new liner and sluice will improve matters. Marginal reed bed planting will soften the interface between building and water will add to the local ecology. All work is due to be completed by March 2017 - although the pond is likely to be finished in Feb.
The immediate impact of trees on a space never ceases to amaze me. Shadows add visual interest and pattern onto the ground plane and architecture. The tree canopy adds a different dimension that cannot be appreciated in plan view.
On the road once again this week which is a welcome break from looking at a screen all day. The planting at our Twyford Moor project had clearly enjoyed the long hot summer having bulked out considerably since my last visit.
Granite setts appeal as they add contrast to large areas of paving. They are also versatile due to their size and can be infill the spaces between spaces. Granite comes is a variety of different colours which can be mixed to create greater visual interest. The image shows Granite setts being laid on a bed of mortar and compacted sub-base.
Withdean Road: Build Process
I won't lie -this is a tough site to work with. Complicated levels and workmen rushing here and there, which reminds me of Chelsea Flower Show. However, through the dust and noise a beautiful thing emerges, being carved out of the chalk bedrock. Getting very excited about the planting stage.
Hove Park Road front has been planted and looks pretty stunning.
Another week, another project. The design layout of this private hospital is currently in concept stage and will create seating areas, a sensory garden and communal vegetable plot. More details will be featured at a later date.
We've updated our website to showcase some of our most recent projects. It's been an exciting and busy 24 months and many of the designs which have been in production are now reaching construction stage. The photographs we take at our site visits will be regularly updated to provide an interesting 'behind the scenes' insight into creating landscapes.
One Hove Park Landscape Completed.
After months of hard work the gardens are complete at One Hove Park. The communal space to the rear has been finished with wildflower meadow mounds which make a playful feature. The planting has also come along well in the past few months with all the wet and warm weather.