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Suffolk - Two Gardens in One

By Suffolk based garden designer Sue Townsend. A clever design creates two gardens within one courtyard. 

Sue townsend suffolk - two gardens in one

A reclaimed brick circle enclosed with soft planting and art deco inspired gazelle screens creates a secluded seating area for guests, whilst still allowing open views through beautiful plating to the main circular lawn.

Sue townsend suffolk - two gardens in one

For the owners, a slate terrace stretches the length of the house with a dining area at one end and two vegetable beds in easy access of the kitchen at the other end.

Sue townsend suffolk - two gardens in one

A quirky head sculpture (by Paul Richardson) provides a focal point from key windows in both properties. Garden lighting transforms the garden at night into a dramatic setting.

Located in coastal Suffolk, where the rainfall is very low, the soil sandy and with two enormous lime trees drinking all available moisture up from the soil, the plants selected had to be tough and drought tolerant.

Sue townsend suffolk - two gardens in one

Above we see a beautiful combination of Iris, Allium, Santolina, and Aqueligia.

Plant list:

Click any plant name below to read more about the plant and to add it to your own 'plants I want' list.

Allium hollandicum Purple Sensation
Aquelegia vulgaris 'alba'
Aqueligia vulgaris
Astelia chathamica 'Silver Spear'
Cynara cardunculs
Digitalis purpurea f. albiflora
Euphorbia characias ssp wulfenii
Euphorbia Humpty Dumpty
Euphorbia myrsinites
Euphorbia amygdaloides var robbiae
Foeniculum vulgare `Purpureum'
Gaura lindheimeri
Heuchera Plum Pudding
Hosta Halcyon
Iris germanica Titans Glory
Iris germanica Blue Suede Shoes
Iris germanica Canon Ball
Melianthus major
Perovskia atriplicifolia Blue Spire
Phlomis russeliana
Papaver orientale Patty's Plum
Sedum Purple Emperor
Sedum spectabile Herbstfreude
Verbena bonariensis

Shrubs
Amelanchier Ballerina
Chamaerops humilis
Choisya Aztex Pearl
Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote'
Nandina domestica
Rosmarinus Capri
Rosmarinus officinalis Miss Jessops Upright
Santolina chamaecyparissus Edward Bowles
Sarcococca confusa

Grasses
Anemanthele lessoniana
Stipa tenuissima
Stipa gigantea
Ampelodesmos mauritanus

By Sue Townsend

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