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Meadow in a garden

This garden was given a total makeover.

The request was to divide the long garden into 3 distinct areas.

1: A large patio

This was created with Bradstone Old Riven paving stones, in 3 sizes and colours. Bordered with Charcoal block pavers. All joints were pointed by hand. A pergola was built above half of the patio, so some shade could be cast by climbing plants.

2: A Meadow

We looked into growing a meadow from seed. This would have been a very slow process, taking up to 2 years to become established. After some research I found a product called Meadow Mat.

Meadow mat is a speciality turf, it contains around 35 species of wild flowers and grasses, all commonly found in established meadows. I have to admit it did look like very weedy turf, after all that’s what it is.

3: Veggie Plots

Four vegetable plots were made with moisture resistant timber surrounds. The soil was improved by adding compost and grit sand. This part of the garden is partly screened off with a wire frame carrying trained fruit trees.

This is the garden on day one.


This is how it looked after the work was done.

Looking up the garden before we start.

Looking up the garden after we had removed the grass and rotovated the soil.

Looking up the garden after the patio, trellis and raised vegetable plots were installed.

Looking up the garden after the meadow mat and turf path were laid.


Looking up the garden after the patio, trellis and raised vegetable plots were installed.

Looking up the garden after the meadow mat and turf path were laid.

Looking back towards the patio and pergola.


The pergola above this patio will be used to train plants over.

Here you can see the winding path leading to the vegetable plots.  

This is the meadow mat 12 months later.

Wire supports are here to provide support for fruit trees. They will also act as a screen as the plants mature.

Four vegetable plots were made with timber and the soil inside improved by adding compost and sharp sand.


The intention is to build up the soil over time. By adding more compost every year.

The intention is to build up the soil over time. By adding more compost every year.

I used new turf to make the paths around the plots.


Looking back towards the patio and pergola.

This garden had some of the worst soil I have had to work with. Drainage had to be installed.

Gravel was used to form water traps.