More sloping gardens

Sometimes one garden design leads to another – in this instance our clients saw the terraced garden we’d designed in Ashbourne and wanted something very similar for their own sloping garden in Northampton.

The many levels of a sloping garden

The plot in Northampton was unusual in that as well as a 1:10 slope upwards from the house, the rear garden was bisected lengthways by a substantial brick wall. In seeking to make more of the space our clients spotted the Ashbourne design on our website and got in touch.

It wasn’t quite as simple a job as dusting down the old plans and ringing for some building quotes. The plot was narrower, the slope was less pronounced and the clients’ requirements were different – to remove the dividing wall to create a large entertaining space, with low-maintenance planting and no grass.

With a large wall to be demolished we made the decision to re-use as many bricks as possible as edging for the riven sandstone circles. An artificial lawn was to be encircled with oak sleepers set on edge, as in the original Ashbourne garden. The sleepers also created a raised planting area in front of the fence, where we planted a simple herbaceous scheme, spring bulbs, box spheres and three new trees.

Once the wall was demolished we took advice from the landscaper, White Cottage Landscapes of Northampton, that the bricks would not be sufficiently weather-proof, so we agreed on an antique-style block pavior instead.

Below is a composite shot of the garden, created by merging to photos together.

Composite image

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