The Plans

The Japanesque garden: Most of the garden lies behind the Annexe on a raised level with a West facing slope. Before any planting can be done there needs to be several hard landscaping alterations and additions that include:

  • adjust and equalize the risers on the steps up to the raised lawn
  • renovate a dilapidated green house on the south side adjacent to the woodland
  • build and pave a level platform for the greenhouse to stand on
  • construct 2-3 wooden steps down to the willow boundary hedge on the North side
  • construct a wooden platform over a steep gap by the willow boundary hedge
  • create a pre-formed bog/marsh garden adjacent to this platform as overflow for a cascade
  • after clearance, cut two temporary terraces into the rockery slope
  • build paved steps from the side of the greenhouse & down to the willow boundary hedge on the south side
  • lay paving along the mixed boundary hedge on the east side
  • construct a water cascade in the rockery slope
  • put in top and lower ponds to feed the cascade
  • plumb the ponds and put in solar panels and wind turbine
  • put in a marsh garden below the lower pond to take the overflow
  • wall the rest of the sloped rockery & ornamental garden terrace
  • put wood retaining walls in top and bottom veg garden slope
  • remove turf from raised lawn and replace with gravel and steppingstones
  • outline garden beds besides gravelled area
  • place open fencing along the raised lawn edges with wood or bamboo
  • put in hand rails for south side steps and entry level steps
  • design and construct a small Japanese style tea house as seating area
  • construct a wooden ‘sunburst’ to screen the greenhouse
  • construct a Tori style entry gate to the garden at the east side of the annexe
  • place water barrels behind it to collect water from the greenhouse roof

The Woodland garden: Beyond the greenhouse on the south side is an open area that is to be divided between Japanese and English woodland

  • dig two garden beds for Japanese woodland planting
  • disguise the long lower compost area with natural hedging
  • construct a clapper style gate at entry to the English woodland
  • plant native woodland flowers and bulbs beyond the clapper gate boundary
  • construct wooden steps along the sloping path through the trees
  • construct and place a bench on left side of the woodland path

The Cottage Garden: On the front of the Annexe is a North facing concrete dais for potted plants


For a stage-by-stage record of the landscaping ~ SeeHere