As part of BALI and The RHS’s search for the best emerging designers and landscape contractors, Young Planting Designer Ben Poulter and Young Landscape Contractor Elliott Hood from Garden Link were paired up and worked together on the whole project. As a dynamic duo, they’ve created a fantastically functional shore-side retreat.
Designed for a city couple in need of a reviving weekend beach hideaway that will re-charge their batteries after a hectic urban week, the garden has different areas for different purposes. The garden includes a water feature art installation which, continuing the multi-functional nature of the design, is actually an outdoor shower – perfect for when you’ve been swimming in the sea and you’re covered in sand. The curved shape of the art installation is inspired by the natural and dramatic shape of a crashing wave. The Sunken Terrace is another key design feature in the garden, which includes a wraparound bench in-front of a shelf, perfect for entertaining and relaxing in the sun.
Ben and Elliott have kept a contemporary landscaping style with clean and sharp lines and a free-flowing, authentic planting scheme in keeping with British coastlines. Perfectly accentuating the sandy beach feel, CED helped them to select CEDEC Gold Footpath Gravel, a specially graded aggregate which was chosen for its natural yellowish colour and grainy texture. Needing to accentuate the craggy cliffs and rock faces within their design, they also selected Gabbro Boulders to be placed throughout the scheme.
Designer: Ben Poulter
Contractor: Elliott Hood
Materials: CEDEC Gold Footpath Gravel, Gabbro Boulders
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