Country Homes & Interiors - - KENT GAR­DEN -

The house sits high on the plot and when Cal­ista and Steven first moved in, the gar­den felt very re­moved, whereas they were keen to feel a con­nec­tion with the out­doors from both in­side the house, and as soon as they went out onto the deck.

• Steep banks and slopes al­ways pose a chal­lenge for gardeners, and plant­ing them is a great so­lu­tion, ex­plains de­signer Nic Howard. ‘Plant­ing can ab­sorb a level change and is not only softer to look at than ter­races cre­ated from hard land­scap­ing ma­te­ri­als, but is also much more cost ef­fec­tive.’ • Us­ing plants also has the advantage that the roots reach down, bind­ing the ground and pre­vent­ing soil ero­sion. • Once es­tab­lished, plant­ing helps to ‘ground’ a house, bridg­ing the gap be­tween build­ing and gar­den, mak­ing it sit more com­fort­ably with its sur­round­ings.

• ‘We also use nat­u­ral­is­tic plant­ing to soften level changes in a gar­den, es­pe­cially if it is near the bound­ary,’ points out Nic. ‘It’s low main­te­nance, in­creases wildlife and blurs the tran­si­tion be­tween the bound­ary and sur­round­ing land­scape.’

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