• Inspiration image of kniphofias for this coastal garden
  • natural pond built in this coastal garden with first of the planting put in.
  • Computer image of design for coastal garden
  • Images showing curves of this coastal garden project
  • Images showing view of garden through greenhouse
  • images to show planting of kniphofias
  • Start of construction of wildlife pond

Exposed Coastal Garden Design

The owners of this garden are cactus enthusiasts and host a large glasshouse to present their prize specimens of cacti. The greenhouse is a prominent feature of the garden and something that needed to be retained and even accentuated. The next consideration was the location of the site,  being positioned right on the edge of the chalk cliffs in East Sussex.  It is a space that is exposed to the elements as a part of this rugged coastline.

Inspired by the coastal images of these cliffs and the beach line, this garden was developed with a concept of the beach. Further inspiration came from Derek Jarman's garden where the hostile conditions are greater than in most gardens but where his approach has been incredibly successfully under these conditions.

Shapes pulled from these inspirational images created the strong curved pathway leading you around the space and supported with the use of an aggregate infill between the paving. The paving itself is a riven sandstone that again, relates to the formation of the sea bed both through the colour and patterns.  A wildlife pond has been included to help increase the biodiversity and play a part in nature as the beach does.

The planting is something that will pull this garden together, using strong architectural plants that project the owners passion. A large drift of stipa tennuissima grasses has been proposed to add movement of sand colour flowers it provides in late summer. These give a magnificent effect of soft ripples of sand dunes.

Materials used:

Natural riven sandstone

Key Plants:

Sedums, Crambe maritima, centranthus rubra, phlox subulata, griselina littoralis hedging, lavendula, kniphofia’s, yucca, trachycarpus fortunei (as specimen tree), cordylines, tamarix tetandra (as specimen tree), schizostylis coccinea and many other coastal tolerant plants


This garden will take a few years to mature, so more pictures to follow in 2014.

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We are very pleased with the results of this design and are looking forward to having the planting done to complete the garden as an entire project