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Contemporary Rural Garden

By Sussex based garden designer Anna Helps. Certain projects require specialist features, such as ponds or koi pools. With an enviable location onto open countryside, the challenge was to ensure that a modern design would sit naturally within the wider setting.

Contemporary Rural Garden by Sussex based garden designer Anna Helps

This stunning garden was designed to complement a high-end eco-build in the Sussex countryside.

Contemporary Rural Garden by Sussex based garden designer Anna Helps

A contemporary design featuring granite slabbing, a raised koi pool with split face slate cladding, and rainbow cobbles. A Mediterranean planting palette completes this modern rural retreat.

Contemporary Rural Garden by Sussex based garden designer Anna Helps

Shrubs in varying shades of green merge into the wider landscape setting. These include pittosporum tobira, Pittosporum tennuifolium, Ceanothus and Cornus alba sibirica.

Contemporary Rural Garden by Sussex based garden designer Anna Helps

Burgandy, white and red planting gives a dramatic planting mix to a granite grey backdrop. Phormium acts as an architectural backdrop to soft floral elements of Geum and Iris.

Contemporary Rural Garden by Sussex based garden designer Anna Helps

Olive green tones combine to soften the front of the house, featuring an olive tree, Hebe pinguifolia and Calamagrostis brachytricha grasses.The contrast against the burgundy of Cercis canadensisis a strong one, adding to the contemporary feel.

Contemporary Rural Garden by Sussex based garden designer Anna Helps

Autumn wonder in the shrub bed, where the stems of Cornus alba sibirica take centre stage against the evergreen elements.

Plant list

Elaeagnus x ebbingei
Buxus sempervirens
Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy'
Phormium 'Bronze Baby'
Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Irene Paterson'
Hebe pinguifolia 'Pagei'
Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Tom Thumb'
Calamagrostis brachytrich
Cornus alba 'Sibirica'
Euphorbia mellifera
Geum 'Blazing Sunset'
Cistus x hybridus
Iris germanica 'Study in Black'
Viburnum tinus
Iris 'Madeira Belle'
Phlomis purpurea
Designed by Anna Helps

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