Real gardens: splendour on a slope

Real gardens: splendour on a slope

Discover how a pair of readers got creative turning a sloping and waterlogged plot into their dream outdoor space

When Ben Parmee purchased this Hampshire property in 1995, he did so for the potential in the garden, which had a natural stream running through it. At that time, the garden was largely laid to lawn with a number of island beds containing a random selection of shrubs, and flooding was an issue. Ben soon got to work on making the space more manageable, and in 2010, Paddy began putting her stamp on it.

Now, the bottom beds have been turned into a bog garden, boardwalks built over the wettest areas and plants carefully selected to make sure they’d flourish in the damp. The garden is unrecognisable, with flower-filled terraces on the slopes, as well as a rock garden for Paddy’s collection of alpines, and raised beds to grow fruit and veg in.

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