My latest project in the historic town of Petworth in West Sussex has had a couple of weeks to settle and I revisited it to take a few shots in the Autumn sunshine. The Claudia de Yong Designs team worked hard over several months to affect a complete transformation of this large town house garden. Because it was in the middle of the town, off a narrow street, we couldn't use any large machinery so much of the earth and old walls and paving had to be removed by hand before we started – backbreaking work and labour intensive.
Extensive drainage needed to be installed below the new paving we eventually laid down over three levels. This had to be waterproofed and vented to prevent moisture seeping below ground, into the basement area of the house.
See more at: Walled and Terraced Town Garden in Petworth
I sourced and hand-picked all the trees and plants to ensure they suited the sunny, warm and enclosed space. The team also installed new lighting throughout the garden, including up-lighters to the four, pleached umbrella plum trees (these covered the outdoor dining table and chairs). We also installed a small water fountain and included a 'tumble-down wall' to imitate the remains of an ancient ruin. Paving was chosen from a National Trust range – modelled on natural stone found locally at Petworth House. The slabs were made from precast-concrete (the first time it has been used in Petworth town). New dry-stone walls were built and a local craftsman made a lovely new oak gate (with a privacy grille); and old-style black brick edgings were sourced to frame the lower flower beds.
See more images and planting on the Claudia de Yong website: Walled and Terraced Town Garden in Petworth