• Woodland water garden

    A natural drainage ditch at the edge of woodland provided the inspiration for this pond and garden design. Three pools were moulded into the natural valley created by the ditch, linked by rocky outcrops and cascading water. Planting reflects the watery shady environment with the use of Astilbes, Iris, Ferns and Primula. Giant Gunnera leaves punctuate the planting, giving a bold sculptural effect, while a small thatched summer house and overhanging deck provide a platform for seating and occasional pond dipping. Crossed by several bridges, the water garden culminates in a small stream above which a tree house emerges from a canopy of tree leaves.