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Brightling Down Farm

This Sussex garden, designed by Acres Wild and here overflowing with Autumn colour starring Liquidambars, Acers, Betula, Cornus, Sedums and grasses.


GAP Photos/Suzie Gibbons/Mr. and Mrs. Stephens

Feature No:   3558 

Qty of Images:    59 


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Incredibly about 10 years ago the site was barren. Having demolished a bungalow the owners built a 'period style' house in the local vernacular using reclaimed materials. Acres Wild were asked to create a garden that sat in the environment, a windy slope open to the Sussex High Weald, so that it looked as though it had evolved over many years. It is hard to believe that the naturalistic tumbling stream and pools, edged with Gunnera, swathes of grasses, shrubs and trees chosen for their Autumn colour and form, including cloud pruned Buxus, were man made not so long ago. These all lead down to the lower pond which is mass planted with several varieties of Miscanthus, including the giant Miscanthus sacchariflorus, Calamagrostis, Molinia and Pennesetum. Tucked away sitting above the stream near the house is a complete contrast, a calm Zen garden, almost completely enclosed and hidden from view. On the terrace a pergola clothed in Vitis coignetiae leads through a small simple box edged parterre to an authentic Victorian style walled kitchen garden, packed full in late October with Dahlias, Nasturtians, Calendula, hardy salad leaves, leeks, Celery and even courgettes still producing fruit, in this sheltered haven.



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