Creating a Modern Wildlife Garden in Ashby de la Zouch

In the heart of Ashby de la Zouch in Leicestershire, we recently had the privilege of transforming a garden into a contemporary wildlife haven that also caters to the family’s need for outdoor fun and relaxation.

Our goal was to craft a space that harmoniously blends a modern design aesthetic with natural planting to act as a welcoming home to local wildlife.

Here’s how we brought this vision to life.

Seating areas in sun and shade

Balancing Modernity with Nature

Our clients wanted a contemporary-style garden that exudes natural softness, ensuring it remains a welcoming habitat for wildlife. The challenge was to strike the perfect balance, and we took it head-on.

Beech pleaches were used for privacy screening

Year-Round Privacy with Portuguese Laurel Pleaches

To ensure year-round privacy from all windows, we planted Prunus lusitanica, commonly known as Portuguese laurel. These evergreen trees with attractive red stems create a lush, deep green backdrop above the fence line, providing a safe retreat for visiting birds and insects.

Multiple Entertaining Areas

When our clients mentioned a desire for entertaining areas, we had two in mind. A spacious patio near the house includes a barbecue area and seating, predominantly in the shade. Further into the garden, a dining area enjoys full sun.

We created a lush, wildlife friendly planting scheme

The Perfect Plant Selection

One of the most exciting aspects of this project was curating a plant palette that not only wowed the eye but also beckoned our local wildlife. We planted an array of species to create a diverse ecosystem:

  • Amelanchier lamarckii: Also known as Juneberry, these small trees offer delicious berries for birds and insects.
  • Rosa ‘Young Lycidas’: Roses, a classic favourite, add charm and provide nectar for bees.
  • Libertia grandiflora: Their dainty white blooms lure pollinators, while their grassy foliage offers shelter.
  • Salvia ‘Caradonna’: A magnet for butterflies, the vibrant purple blooms are a source of nectar.
  • Iris ‘Tropic Night’: These elegant flowers, with their deep hues, are irresistible to pollinators.
  • Hydrangea ‘Limelight’: The large, showy blooms attract bees and butterflies.
  • Clematis ‘Etoile Violette’: Climbing up trellises, these offer nectar for bees and nesting spots for birds.
  • Hydrangea seemanii: Another hydrangea variety, perfect for pollinators.
  • Trachelospermum jasminoides: Also known as star jasmine, this fragrant climber attracts a range of insects.
A wildlife-friendly planting scheme.

Family-Friendly Design

To ensure a child-friendly space, we carefully considered the garden’s levels, ensuring they were safe. We included a small lawn close to the house where kids can play.

This garden transformation is a testament to the wonders of blending modern landscaping aesthetics with natural planting. It’s a space that caters to the family’s needs and offers a warm welcome to bees, butterflies and pollinating insects.

From the pleached green screens of Prunus lusitanica to the vibrant blooms and the sweet scent of jasmine, every aspect of this garden has been meticulously designed to create a harmonious habitat for people and nature.

Landscaping was installed by Design & Pave, and design and planting were by ourselves.