A Seaside Villa Garden

A secluded garden on two levels wraps around an historic Regency villa in Sussex. The garden boundaries were already established with pleached lime trees and low clipped hedges of Buxus within the listed sandstone walls. The key to this garden was to establish the theme of ‘sanctuary’ – a central near-circle of local shingle framed with planting in two styles, evocative of both the coastal setting and the wooded hills immediately surrounding the site fills the lower garden. A sculptural spine of local sandstone boulders sourced from a local demolition is shaped to suggest the nearby harbour-arm, groynes and other coastal features, and leads the eye diagonally across the site. Ornamental grasses are sited to catch the last of the evening sun as it enters the garden beneath the clipped lime trees. On the upper turret lookout level a circle of radial dry-stone paving shelters inside hedges of Prunus lusitanica and more clipped lime trees, with views over the wooded valley down to the sea.