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View some of our planting projects. There is a show garden designed and built by Guy Pollard on permanent display at Great Park Farm Nursery, Catsfield (near Battle, East Sussex)

  • Horam, East Sussex

    This garden situated near Horam, East Sussex, comprised mainly lawns with no planting or structure except an established Liquidambar and a large American oak. Once the overall shapes were approved, the beds were marked and cut and cultivated to a depth of more than two feet. We incorporated more than fifty cubic metres of compost (with many more in subsequent years) and watched the plants flourish over the following seasons!

    Plants in the foreground: Pennisetum alopecuroides, Hemerocallis ‘Gentle Shepherd’. In the distance an avenue of Pyrus calleryana ‘Chanticleer’ links the house to the lower gardens.

  • Crawley, West Sussex,

    Occupying a large site in West Sussex, this walled garden was left unplanted. The beds were prepared thoroughly before planting and mulched heavily afterwards, too!

    Selected plants: Pennisetum orientale (right of the picture), Trachelospermum jasminoides (wall plants). Mixed planting including David Austin roses, hardy geraniums, anthemis, lavender, echinops, erigeron and Helianthus salicifolius.

  • Hellingly

    Featuring a central circular bed with a bronze resin sculpture. We used repeat planting with selected plants throughout this scheme for continuity. The central bed formed part of a concentric circular layout with irregular breaks cut through the deep beds for interest and access.

    Stipa gigantea catching the late afternoon sunlight with Allium christophii, Perovskia atriplicifolia ‘Blue Spire’, Hylotelephium telephium ‘Purple Emperor’ and the purple moor-grass ‘Moorhexe’ in the centre.

  • Staplecross

    The garden was designed and built around this modern garden building with a sedum roof. The client wanted an informal look in a cottage garden style.

    Delphinium, tree peony, Papaver orientale ‘Perry’s White’, Anthriscus sylvestris ‘Ravenswing‘, Syringa vulgaris ‘Madame Lemoine’ with mixed fruit and vegetables.

  • Heathfield

    A scented walk through an oak pergola. The planting pockets were incorporated during construction of the pergola and paving to accommodate chamomile and thyme. By off-setting the pockets the client hoped visitors would be encouraged to walk on the plants to release their scent.

    We planted many varieties of climbing rose and clematis with a central feature of Wisteria floribunda ‘Violacea Plena’. Underplanting includes Allium christophii, Salvia nemorosa ‘Caradonna’, penstemon, stachys and lamium.

  • Hollingbourne, Kent

    Mid-spring planting at this garden near Leeds Castle, Kent. The bergenia (Bergenia ‘Eroica’) was chosen despite its strong pink colour.

    The leaves are mahogany red all winter and is underplanted with single white snowdrops for an early show. Later, when the flowers fade, Libertia peregrinans takes over. Other plants in the beds include Fritillaria imperialis, Malus ‘Golden Hornet’ (white blossom, amber fruit) and euphorbia

  • East Sussex

    Working within a limited palette – creams, whites, silver and purple – the plants in the foreground comprise Alchemilla mollis, Stipa tenuissima, Bergenia ‘Bressingham White’, Miscanthus ‘Morning Light’, Hydrangea ‘Annabelle’, Carex elata ‘Aurea’, Heuchera ‘Palace Purple’ . The tree is Sorbus cashmeriana.

  • West Sussex

    The white walls of the house show off Calamagrostis × acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’ on the left with euphorbia, nepeta, hydrangea, philadelphus and sambucus making up the scheme.

  • Cross-in-Hand, East Sussex

    A summer border with cleome, dahlias, canna, amaranthus and cosmos. Hylotelephium ‘Matrona’ is the only permanent plant in the bed and was retained to attract butterflies.

    In the distance miscanthus and tree ferns are planted by the summerhouse

  • Catsfield, nr Battle

    Mixed materials underfoot provide a walk through mixed planting. Shrubs to the left are Heptacodium miconioides with Ceanothus ‘Puget Blue’ in flower. To the right is a young Cornus controversa ‘Variegata’

  • Sevenoaks, Kent

    Buttercups with Camassia leichtlinii.

  • Horsted Keynes, West Sussex

    This seating area was laid in natural stone and has views across the valley. The planting from left to right includes Elaeagnus angustifolia ‘Quicksilver’, Hydrangea ‘Annabelle’, Penstemon ‘Hidcote Pink’.

  • Near Hailsham, East Sussex

    These deep beds provided plenty of scope for perennials and grasses.

    Baptisia australis, Stachys officinalis ‘Hummelo’, Stipa gigantea, white agapanthus and an Eryngium agavifolium planted as a bit of fun. Not expecting it to survive, of course it has flourished!

  • Near Icklesham

    Low mixed planting on the banks at this garden near Icklesham. Papaver orientale ‘Queen Alexandra’ is repeated throughout with tradescantia, Libertia peregrinans, prostrate rosemary and penstemon.

  • In the foreground Malus ‘Golden Hornet’, Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Rosea’, pennisetum, day lily and Elaeagnus ‘Quicksilver’.

  • Self-sown Stipa tenuissima through Cotoneaster horizontalis ‘Variegatus’, with heuchera, papaver, Viola labradorica ‘Purpurea’ and helianthemum in the distance.

  • Newly planted beds featuring crocosmia, sedum, echinacea, monarda, achillea, calamagrostis and Amaranthus caudatus ‘Viridis’ as an annual filler.