Guildford Surrey Town Garden Design
Many a Surrey garden design is perched on the side of a hill with a not too clever a slope. The following portfolio is of a south facing garden in Guildford, Surrey area, with great views across countryside, but with a garden that needed crampons and ropes to access!
Our first task was to accurately survey the slope to provide us with the confidence to create a functional and creative garden design in this difficult area. The client wanted a Mediterranean design of white walls and appropriate planting with a large seating area for entertaining on balmy sunny nights. The garden was on solid chalk, and one of great memories of this garden was the array of fossils that appeared as we started the dig. It is fascinating to know that 100 million years ago the ridges around Guildford were warm shallow seas where you would not want to paddle!
We reinforced the walls with a strong footing to eliminate any chance of slippage, while chalk soils are so thin we had to import a proportion of soil. Hardwood decking was the client’s choice, and I am happy to say that 6 years on the wood has weathered perfectly to a slightly silvery sheen. On the free draining chalk, we used C selection of lime tolerant species that positively thrive in a dry free draining environment and today the garden is a vibrant splash of blues whites and reds. We used three types of Lavender that have all been pruned after flowering and have retained their shape and vigour. Rosemary and Thyme scramble over the walls while Rudbeckia and Ecanacea provide give the dramatic blue/yellow contrast.
The garden took 8 weeks and was completed to budget. It has matured to a quite stunning foreground to the South Downs and has been a great example of an added value project.