Lucy Cotes' Beautiful Gardens

A Family Garden at One With Nature

This is a beautiful family garden totally at one with nature. Tucked away in a hidden valley in East Sussex with the sound of the Bluebell railway in the distance. The garden was actually created from scratch 10 years ago when the house was renovated and driveways and out houses were formed. The owners are particularly environmentally aware and were careful to use local materials and crafts man. Rainwater tanks and geothermal heating was installed.
Project Year: 2005
Project Cost: GBP 50,001 - GBP 75,000
Country: United Kingdom
Plan for natural swimming pool
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Natural Pool: Before and After
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This view was taken not long after the pool was completed you can see that there is an inner swimming area that is 1.2 -2m deep. No plants are grown here and it is separated by an internal wall from the outer regeneration zone, which consists of gravel and filter medium and plants. The plants are specially chosen for their ability to draw impurities from the water and included ...More
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Natural swimming pool
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This view was taken not long after the pool was completed you can see that there is an inner swimming area that is 1.2 -2m deep. No plants are grown here and it is separated by an internal wall from the outer regeneration zone, which consists of gravel and filter medium and plants. The plants are specially chosen for their ability to draw impurities from the water and included ...More
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Family garden at one with nature
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This picture was taken late in the summer - the last heads of the sweet scented rosa rugosa can be seen in the foreground with lots of marjoram whilst spires of of verbena bonariensis are in the background. Infront of the potting shed come summer house is a cutting garden.
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10 years on in a family garden
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A deck beside the natural swimming pool allows one to be at one with nature. The pool is kept crystal clear by allowing the pool water to circulate through the shallow regeneration areas of marginals with a nearby reed bed filter system. large stepping stones where placed in the shallow areas whilst the deep end of the pool area was lined with large boulders of granite for the ...More
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Family garden at one with nature
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Local Freshfield Lane bricks and natural yorkstone were used to create the terraces by the house.
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Family garden at one with nature
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Ready for the autumn cut back after the summer holidays. The retaining walls are faced with sandstone from the local quarry.
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Family garden at one with nature
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Blue spires of perovoskia contrast withthe late heads of the fennel. Echinacea purpurea and pervoskia are particularly good soul mates for late summer as are lime green fennel heads and old fashioned scarlet roses earlier in the season.
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Family garden at one with nature
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views from the upper terrace to the safely fenced off natural swimming pool. The natural swimming pool is enclosed by post and rail fence but has chicken wire tacked to the inside of the fence to ensure that no small child can accidentally go for a swim.
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Family garden at one with nature
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The tall dried seed heads of the alliums above the low flat heads of the purple sedums (Sedum 'Matrona') make an eye catching combination whilst the sculpture and old stone table stand out against the tall white house wall.
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summerhouse garden shed
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Landscaping being completed. Plants have been in for less than a month. The summer house was specially designed so that you had an outside veranda to sit on with an inside room to store seats and games. Hidden behind this was a long thin room for storing tools and a wheelbarrow.
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A Family Garden at One With Nature
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The house was long and winding
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