A house with a sea view is a wonderful thing. But an open aspect like this can also present some challenges. Like how to cope with coastal winds…and prying eyes.
The garden had suffered a battering from the recent house renovation works, and needed an overhaul. The existing layout and rustic walling was kept, but new patio, paths, planting and lawn were needed.
I was asked to create a planting scheme to fit with the existing rustic pebble bank, and the contemporary look of the house – but also one that would cope with the very open, easterly aspect and salt-laden winds.
A specific requirement was to create some privacy from the public walkway below the garden – but conversely, we didn’t want to block the view from the patio to the sea.
I used plants with height such Juniper and Miscanthus, strategically placed to obscure line of sight from path to window, while Stipas and Euphorbia fill out with mid-height growth in the summer. In time all these will grow up and obscure the garden from the pathway – a softer and more sympathetic alternative to hard screening.
Hard landscaping by the talented Noel Jacks Landscaping,who certainly felt the effects of the open easterly aspect last January!