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Foxgrove Road, Dry Planting Border
Foxgrove Road, Dry Planting Border
Foxgrove Road, Dry Planting Border
Foxgrove Road, Dry Planting Border
Foxgrove Road, Dry Planting Border
Foxgrove Road, Dry Planting Border
Foxgrove Road, Dry Planting Border
Foxgrove Road, Dry Planting Border
Foxgrove Road, Dry Planting Border

Japanese Garden, Dry River Bed In BROMley

Overview & Brief

This project was particularly challenging as it was a small, mostly shaded front garden with a large manhole cover and pipes. Due to drainage issues on-site, the landscaping had to allow water to travel into the ground, away from the house. The client wanted to incorporate the existing bamboo and was on a limited budget. But out of adversity comes creativity, as they say!

Design Concept

Given the bamboo and the drainage issues, I decided to create a Japanese dry river bed, as the design helps to allow water to penetrate the ground away from the house via the river channel, and the stones look lovely when wet.

Process

We incorporated the following features:

  • Feature stones, an important element in a Japanese garden, were added for visual interest.
  • A teak wooden cover acted as a symbolic bridge whilst allowing access to the manhole.
  • A partially submerged pot with stones adds to the Japanese style whilst adding a water supply for birds, squirrels and insects.
  • We planted with shade tolerate plants which also enhance the Japanese asthetic, whilst incorporated existing pots with hostas into the design.