The garden, which was designed by Simon Fagg and built by Appleyard Landscape is part of the RHS’ Greening Grey Britain campaign and aimed to show visitors that they can create a front garden that incorporates the functionality of everyday life, alongside inspirational planting and sustainable water management.
The design offers a responsible way of dealing with rainwater runoff with its green roofed car port and the SuDS compliant Flexi-Pave surfacing, supplied by KBI. The Flexi-Pave offers a completely porous system that allows water to fully drain into the ground and was constructed using Long Rake Spar’s Goldpath as a subbase.
Goldpath was chosen because of its natural setting properties, which bind the gravel together to create a compacted surface that remains firmer than conventional loose aggregate. In this garden, Goldpath provides additional support for the Flexi-Pave and its unique colouring blends with the Derbyshire Gold used on the planting beds.
With its bright colouring, the Derbyshire Gold chippings which surround the striking central spiral provide a distinctive contrast to the drought resistant green planting and the pink wooden sleepers of the raised beds.
As well as offering a practical car parking area, Spiralling Into Control demonstrates how various aspects of gardening can be incorporated into an efficient and versatile space. Vegetable and composting areas have been created alongside dedicated wildlife segments such as the sunken raingarden that is banked by Scottish Boulders to support a variety of habitats.
The garden offers a unique experience to visitors at Tatton by showing how sustainability and planting can be integrated into any design when creating a front garden which is used for parking.
Sponsored by: KBI UK
Designed by: Simon Fagg – Ba(Hons), Dip La, CMLI
Built by: Appleyard Landscape