This narrow and steeply sloping garden overlooks a busy main road, so the owners wanted a garden that would detract from that view and give them some privacy. They wanted a level area to sit out on and liked the idea of informal mixed planting including spiky plants, wildflowers and vegetables. They did not want any yellow flowers!


Two stone circles surrounded by contrasting plum slate provide the seating area. Curving beds taper down the slope, planted with tall plants to help obscure the view of the main road. . I used recycled conveyor belting to create the edging for the curved beds. The beautiful Cercis Canadensis tree provides autumn interest when the wildflowers are just finishing and will lend some privacy once more established. It blends with the purple and silver planting scheme.

Planting in the front garden was carried out afterwards to match the side garden.


The clients had had stone retaining walls built to create a level terrace and this had taken a lot of their budget.

End Result

The clients got a garden they can enjoy sitting out in despite its proximity to a busy main road.

photos by Jennifer Booth

Before & After


It was a pleasure and exciting to have Helen make our garden magical. She really listened and gave creative samples and visuals to help with the concept of our garden, which was – spiky, multi-layered and easy maintenance. She had loads of innovation and worked wonders with the budget. We even got a herb spiral. Thank you.

Jennifer Booth

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