Location: Brockenhurst, The New Forest

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Brockenhurst, New Forest Garden Before MaintenanceBrockenhurst, New Forest Garden After Maintenance


Kate approached us in February 2022. Her previous planting schemes lacked colour, diversity and practicality. She wanted six new schemes which offered colour all year round and would not become unmanageable.


  • Remove all weeds and shrubs from existing areas and then level
  • Maintain geometric shapes of existing beds
  • Pick plants which offer exceptional colour, whilst being drought tolerant
  • Choose trees and shrubs which will not outgrow their locations
  • Maintain the garden going forward

Our Creation

  • Bed one incorporated a selection of herbs and edible flowers. We utilised the shadier area of the bed for coriander and parsley, which are prone to bolting in hot weather
  • Bed two contains typical “cottage garden” plants such as Verbascum, verbena, anthemis, alliums and delphiniums
  • Bed three receives a significant amount of sun so we were conscious to incorporate more drought tolerant options such as nepeta, agapanthus, salvia, caryopteris
  • Beds four to six are part of the second planting phase. Bed four is central to the kitchen and dining area, hence the space left for a sculpture. We also incorporated ajuga, hakonechloa, stipa and guara into this bed
  • Beds five and six are in part shade. We included a specimen acer and multi-stemmed birch as focal points in these beds as well as a cornus “midwinter” variety for some interesting autumn colour