Downland Phase 1
A beautiful cottage in a delightful Downland village.
Due to the large scale of the garden the project is being built in phases. The garden is split into two layers, a smaller lower one and top larger one. It felt like two unconnected gardens and hemmed in the house from it’s surroundings.
To counteract this, a large sweeping drystone retaining wall was constructed along with a wide linking flight of steps.
The resulting border has been planted in a naturalistic style of grasses, perennials and Box balls. This major reshaping and construction has taken away the previous feeling of claustrophobia and light streaming through the border plants helps fuse the top and bottom garden.
“Chris Reichenbacker has worked for me on the reconstruction and design of my cottage garden. I was delighted from the start with his diligence and sensitivity to the project. Unlike some other designers, he was very happy to listen to our ideas, and then suggest things which we might like. Our new bed is already a great delight and a vast improvement over the collapsing old rockery with ancient roses.”