This hillside garden was transformed with naturalistic, sustainable planting – take a tour

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Cradled successful the folds of an undulating landscape, the romanticist and sustainable hillside planting of this beauteous plot was inspired by the untamed chaotic beyond the garden’s shelter-belt of beech hedging and mature trees.

The planting includes mounds and drifts of perennial flowers, grasses and shrubs successful heightened tones of nature’s much muted palette. This naturalistic planting design replaced the antecedently unimaginative slope of unmown grass, and illustrates the possibilities of sloping plot ideas.

Garden decorator Nigel Philips (opens successful caller tab)' ethos was ‘to question inspiration from a garden’s site,' of the South Downs in West Sussex.

Be inspired by however helium achieved this.

grasses and drought tolerant planting connected  a sloping hillside garden

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Nigel's program successful the plan of this sustainable garden was to emulate and augment the surrounding South Down's earthy flora with escaped and chaotic planting of grasses and daisy-headed flowers connected the tree-shaded hillside margins. 

Moving inwards, to the sunbaked bosom of the incline, determination is simply a riot of colour and texture, and a greater attraction of billowing Mediterranean plants, which are suited to the exposed and arid conditions which prevail.

verbena, helenium, echinacea and grasses planted together

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The little was to smother the slope of the plot successful ‘fairytale’ planting, drafting visitors done to a ample raised plot terrace, immoderate 3 meters above, commanding spectacular views implicit surrounding countryside.  

A cardinal successful how to plan a sloping garden is to usage engaging planting to lure visitors upwards. This is helped by the garden colour scheme. ‘The lawsuit wanted to present beardown colors and vibrant reds, which enactment brilliantly erstwhile woven done a matrix of deeper blues, affluent purples and burnt oranges,’ explains chap designer, Vanessa Boal (opens successful caller tab).

naturalistic benignant   planting connected  a sloped state  plot  with pool

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Voluminous perennial planting portion consumes the deliberately offset, astir unseen, timber and hoggin steps, which Nigel introduced to implicit the energizing, immersive acquisition of scaling the mount. 

‘The steps align with carved retired terraces, creating much stable, level planting spaces, filled with topsoil to springiness young plants and hungrier ornamentals, echinacea, helenium and geums a caput commencement connected different beauteous inhospitable terrain,' helium explains.

Sun-loving, drought-tolerant planting, ornamental grasses, erigeron, perovskia, nepeta and salvia thrive connected virtually thing connected this free-draining chalk. 

naturalistic planting astir   steps and way  successful  sloping garden

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The apical terrace planting is decidedly calmer, greener, much accepted successful character; roses, clematis, luxuriant hydrangeas and a wisteria-clad pergola framing bucolic views are among the patio planting ideas.

garden terrace with pergola and planted hydrangeas

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The archetypal ground-level tract was virtually plant-sterile, with the location and excavation embedded successful extensive, stark, hard landscaping. 

‘We dug it each up and created a bid of geometric plot pockets, squares and rectangles of flowering, fragrant and herbaceous plants,' says Nigel. 

These flower furniture ideas are strategically designed to embellish the presumption from wrong oregon to soften and disagreement a assortment of outdoor seating areas. 

pool with surrounding planting and steps up   sloping garden

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Serving arsenic a acquisition successful how to plan a parterre garden, a quartered ‘parterre’ roseate plot decorates the vista from the owner's office. She ‘chose beauteous fragrant roses’, successful keeping with the parterre's jewel-like palette; ruby-red Rosa ‘Darcey Bussell’ are complemented by diamond-white Centranthus ruber ‘Albus’ and amethyst Salvia nemorosa. 

pool patio country  with mixed paving

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More natural-looking sandstone slabs were inlaid with rectangular ‘carpets’ of sets oregon tiles to bring yet much texture and involvement to the inactive ample terraces – an effectual patio idea.

echinacea, roses, Perovskia ‘Blue Spire planted successful  angiosperm  bed

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A lavish, agelong pastel-coloured herbaceous border, overruns the magnitude of the house. 

It is romanticist successful consciousness but with a clever twist: the borderline comprises repeat, hillside-link plants, Perovskia ‘Blue Spire,’  Alchemilla mollis and Geranium ‘Johnson’s Blue,’ with antithetic colorways oregon varieties of the aforesaid genus deployed connected the hillside, Echinacea purpurea and Geranium ‘Dreamland’ and ‘Orion’. 

‘The hillside planting is comparatively elemental with repetitive but bold usage of the aforesaid plants, sometimes successful antithetic varieties, which tends to clasp the full strategy together,’  explains plot decorator Nigel Philips of this country plot idea.

late summertime  perennials including helenium, verbena and geranium

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In summer, this quintessentially accepted English garden with roses and mown lawns is dramatically eclipsed by the riot of colour and texture of much Mediterranean-style perennials cascading down the hillside. 

This modern mentation was wholly inspired by, and complements, the earthy vernacular of the surrounding countryside

‘By drafting inspiration from the rolling countryside and knowing the tract and the owners wishes, an exceptional plot has been achieved.’