Portishead – Pam’s own garden

A shallow space to the rear of a quirky 1970s ‘upside down’ house. The house was built to take full advantage of the views. Terracing attached to the House leaves only 4m of gardening space, with a NW aspect.

I wanted to build a garden in keeping with the angular shape of the house and terrace but to maximise planting space and be planted for year-round interest. Space to enjoy evenings with family and a fire pit area were important. The summerhouse was to be kept but to be upcycled to a potting/storage shed. The large Miscanthus and ornamental crab apple tree were also to remain.


The large, overgrown pond was removed, the bricks were cleaned and reused to build a wall to enclose the fire pit area. The Astro turf was removed and recycled in other projects. A new fence of horizontal panels was built along the back perimeter. Borders were built to maximise planting space. All were bounded by bespoke steel edging to give a contemporary feel. The bespoke steel pergola adds to this and frames the main path, along with the two new Sorbus trees. Materials were recycled whenever possible, with gravel paths giving access to borders. Planting incorporates a number of grasses, perennials, and bulbs to give tall, colourful planting, full of texture and movement and also wildlife friendly. 

Becoming a more contemporary space and in keeping with the shape of the house, but the project is ongoing, and work will continue in 2022, as time and other projects allow.

Project Type: Contemporary, Family Garden, Prairie Style, Upcycling


‘Wonderful, I love the planting and colours. You’ve inspired me to revamp my own garden!’ Mrs M. Brice, Portishead

‘Marvellous’ Mr S. Brice, Portishead

‘Such a transformation in a short space of time. The planting is superb’  Mr Crossley, Bristol 

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