Terraced sandstone garden with feature pond

The clients had recently moved to the property and the garden was all laid to lawn, running across the whole width of the garden was a steep slope with steps.

The brief was to terrace the garden creating ample planting areas, a large wildlife pond and seating areas throughout the garden.

The design solution was to follow the contours of slope and incorporate a gravel and sleeper path which meandered around the garden to the pond and seating areas at the top of the garden.

The clients chose a local red sandstone for the walling which complimented the natural colours in the sandstone paving. The raised pond featured a shallow pebble area for wildlife and small spaces were left in the wall behind to allow for planting.

Three Italian Cypress trees were planted around the south seating area to give height and definition to the planting and planted gravel was used to provide a change of contrast and texture.


“Having moved into a house with difficult sloping gardens and a patio that was too small we decided it was time to hand over the job to a professional garden designer.

The gardens designed by Lucie New, together with her qualifications and broad experience, prompted us to take advantage of her Free Initial Consultation. This meeting went very well and Lucie quickly assessed our needs and preferences.

We then proceeded through the planning stages as outlined on the Design page of Lucie’s web site, resulting in a Master Plan drawn to scale and a Planting Plan showing the identity and position of each individual plant.

We used one of Lucie’s regular landscape contractors to build the hard landscaping and then Lucie’s team did the planting. We were consulted frequently during the project to ensure that everything met our approval and Lucie and the contractor were always open to new ideas.

Everyone involved was friendly, helpful and reliable and we have no reservations about recommending them. We now have a wonderful new garden and look forward to Spring!”

Client Testimonial, Nov 2018