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Pinecombe Garden - Poole

Pinecombe garden, covering approximately one third of an acre, is unusual in two ways. First, the lower half is on a steep slope, dropping 8 metres from top to bottom, presenting both a big challenge and a wonderful opportunity for a striking design.


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Second, its wildlife focus is virtually unique in this area. All around Sandbanks mature gardens are being ripped out to build glitzy designer homes with low maintenance gardens of artificial turf, gravel borders and few flowers. In contrast, the owner, Pam Woodall, has created a beautiful haven for both wildlife and humans. The two halves of the garden could not be more different. The upper, more traditional, part has wavy borders densely planted with colourful flowers and exotics such as Palms, Cordylines, Echiums and Cannas. It looks lush and interesting all year round thanks to lots of evergreen architectural plants --not least a magnificent Maritime pine. An attractive pond is surrounded by Acers and a dramatic rockery planted with Agaves, Aloes and Yuccas and flowers such as Agapanthus, Alliums and Salvia. The lower half of the garden comes as a big surprise to visitors as it is hidden from the top part, plunging down a steep slope. When Pam and her husband moved in this was an impenetrable jungle of brambles, fallen trees, old furniture, plastic and polystyrene junk. After five years of hard labour she has transformed this jungle/rubbish tip into a natural wildlife garden: a tranquil place in which to stroll through lush vegetation and vibrant flowers and watch all sorts of wildlife: from deer and dragonflies to badgers and bees. The design takes advantage of the steep slope to offer stunning vistas from above. Down below pine-needle paths meander around four ponds and a bog garden. Contrasting leaf textures such as Gunnera, Ferns and Iris provide architectural interest. It offers a huge range of wildlife habitats while still looking attractive: rotting tree trunks are planted with ferns; the “nectar café” is a riot of colour; and Pam is particularly proud of her homemade “Bug Chalet”.



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