Terraced seaside garden Aberaeron

Terraced seaside garden

Our clients wanted a striking, modern garden to match their new extension. The garden needed to be low maintenance with year-round interest and plenty of informal seating areas. The clients also wanted the garden to feature the sound of running water.

Building a difficult garden 1The first step was building the basic shape. Three terraces made the steep top section of the garden attractive and useable. The basic structure was made of sturdy sleepers and posts, reinforced with steel rods, as the weight of the earth behind the terrace wall was immense.

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Inspired by the coastal sea defences in Aberarth, we used oak planks to clad the sleeper terraces. These were treated with oil to protect the freshly sawn timber before allowing it to weather naturally to a silver-grey colour.


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The design features two waterfalls and a curving rill across the three levels, ending in a wildlife pond. The feature required sand, underlay and then pond liner for the rill and wildlife pond. The liner was concealed with rounded river cobbles and pebbles, then finished with rounded shingle.

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The pond needed a deep sump as the water level drops significantly when the pump is operating. Shelves allow spaces for planting.

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Stormy autumnal weather doesn’t stop the team working on the garden

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The heavy clay soil was compacted and poor-draining. We rotavated in organic matter and topsoil to remedy this, and laying the turf was the last job in the garden

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe finished garden, first summer.

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The mature garden, year 2 onwards.


Old farmhouse garden Ceredigion

Country garden with a view

Our clients wanted a natural stone patio here to take advantage of the glorious view. When landscaping a rural setting like this it is best is to choose natural, weathered materials and to retain any original features rather than try to rebuild. Reclaimed slate slabs were the obvious choice, and we decided to clear and repair the existing old stone wall.

Building country patio 1

Heavy slate slabs need solid foundations, particularly when the ground is wet, as it is here. We dug down to the shale and used a thick layer of compacted sub-base.

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It takes patience and a good eye to lay slabs of random size and thickness. Strong muscles help, too!

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The beauty of the natural slate is complemented by cottage-garden planting in Welsh larch beds. The restored hedgebank is planted with a mix of native wildflowers and plants to attract wildlife such as verbena, dianthus and lavender. The new patio looks as if it has always been here.Country farmhouse patio in Ceredigion

Access from the house is across the new lawn and wildflower meadow.  The patio provides the perfect place for the family to relax and enjoy the warmth of the old slate slabs on their skin.

Old farmhouse garden Ceredigion