A windy garden in the Purbeck Hills has a stunning, changing design.
Helen Elks-Smith designed this beautiful garden in the Purbeck Hills on the South Coast of England. It’s part of a farmhouse, which the owner had decorated beautifully, but it needed a garden.
No house is complete until the garden is at least underway (no garden is ever complete). Elks-Smith had to develop two gardens which had previously served separate buildings within the farm.
They needed to work as one garden, and also ‘act as a buffer between the inside of the house and the ancient landscape in which it sits’ explains Elks-Smith.
The garden is also very vulnerable, with strong coastal winds tearing through the garden. To shelter the plants and the people enjoying them, the designer created drystone wall windbreaks and shelter belts of trees.
Grasses in the planting scheme pick up the pattern of the wind through the front garden: ‘it is lovely to see the wind and not just feel its blast of air,’ says Elks-Smith.
Layers of planting in the front garden mean that anyone looking up from the steps see a mix of colour and texture that change through the season.
Have a look at Elks-Smith Garden Design for more information.