Redesign of urban garden, Sturminster Newton, Dorset

The brief from the client was to create a garden full of brightly coloured flowering plants which could be enjoyed all the year round.  This small garden had a steep slope running along the back which was quite unsightly so the design disguised this by using wooden sleepers to create a series of stepped raised beds and a seat in the corner.


For the planting I used a mixture of evergreen and flowering shrubs such as Lavandula x intermedia ‘Grappenhall’,  Rosmarinus prostratusHelianthemum ‘Henfield Brilliant’ and Potentilla ‘Red Ace’  with perennials including Achillea Terracotta,  Perovskia ‘Little Spire’  and Sedum ‘Purple Emperor’.  The edges were softened with Alchemilla Mollis and Erigeron karvanskianos and bold splashes of colour achieved with Dahlia ‘Bishop of Landaff’ and Crocosmia ‘mistral’.   Finally the fence along the back will be hidden with climbing roses, evergreen honeysuckle and clematis.