The client lived in an impressive Grade II listed Georgian town house in The Costswolds. The gardens to the rear of the house faced south bordering onto the River Isbourne and the Sudeley Estate. There have been a number of projects undertaken for this client but one of most interesting was work on their ‘Weir Bed’.
At the bottom of the garden was a tributary off the river and this had worn away over the years. The local Council and Water Authority were spending a large sum of money rebuilding the weir and reinstating its edges using Gabion baskets. The brief was to plant up the Weir Island after the work with appropriate planting.
We carried out a thorough survey, consulted with the Local Council and Waterways and suggested a suitable planting scheme. This included a number of trees, Amelanchier Lamarkii and specimen Pyrus salicifolia Pendula.
The main bank was planted with Athyrium felix-femina & Dryopteris affinis Crispa Ferns, Cornus alba Elegantissima, Prunus Rotundifolia, Viburnum Mariesii and Berberis thunbergii Atropurpurea.
The stream edges were planted with Rodgersia Pinnata, Zantedeschia Crowborough, Helleborus niger and we also included Carex Siderosticha Variegata and Miscanthus Morning Light grasses and bulbs. We planted a Rosa rugosa Alba hedge to stop trespassers onto the weir.
|Size||Weir Bed 150m x 50m|
|Aspect||Rear garden, South facing|
|Soil||Damp surrounded by streams, Dry under tree canopy. ph 7.0 Neutral and ph 7.5 Alkaline|
|Project commenced||May 2009|
|Project completed||September 2010|
|Contractor||Hard Landscaping - Waterways improvement scheme. Design, Specification and Supply of plants - Sweet P Garden Design. Clients own gardener planted.|
|Design fee||£750 for Survey & Planting Plan|
|Build cost||£2000 For supply of plants and placing on site, Clients own gardener planted them.|