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A low-maintenance garden for a young couple who have returned from travels to their home sanctuary. The design premise is a paradise garden consisting of all the things they might wish for – warmth, shelter and dry underfoot. A paradise in contrast with the surrounding monocultural wilderness of British farmland.

This garden provides an attractive space for working, relaxing, entertaining and spending as much time in as possible whatever the weather.

The design incorporates a canvas-covered shelter using steam bent coppiced ash mimicking those used in Mongolian yurts. The space at the back is planted with flax to symbolize the bland uniformity of British monocultural farmland. In contrast, the remainder of the planting resembles a mixed wildflower meadow, loosely planted and colourful a mix including native and wildflowers to provide the best resistance to climate change. Planting is designed to provide maximum impact through spring and summer.

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