Daily Garden: Acres Wild’s Wild & Windswept Garden

wild and windswept garden by acres wild

This gorgeous garden, designed by acres wild near the south downs of Sussex England is a gorgeous study in a couple of great garden design lessons.  First lesson — less is more — particularly in color.  Purple goes a long way towards giving this garden a distinct personality as well as a cohesive style.   Repeating a color again and again, particularly by reusing the same plant again and again, provides a cohesiveness that is difficult to top.

wild and windswept garden acres wild

Lesson number two? Work to make a garden ft with what might be there naturally….but augment it and make it better; more interesting and exciting by manipulating the natural tendencies.  This windswept garden wouldn’t be likely to have tall trees, shady glens, and strong lines.  No, this windswept and wild (hence the name) garden derives from the windswept and wild nature of the place of the garden.  Anything else would not be as successful — both from a visual and aesthetic perspective but also from the perspective of making sure the right plants are places in the right place.

wild and windswept garden

I personally adore this garden – my favorite thing about it is the combo of the rust reds with the light lavender — a color combo I have never used.    What are you loving about this garden?

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.
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  1. Shellene on October 11, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    Simple materials, simly used! It’s beautiful and peaceful.

  2. Romina on October 12, 2010 at 1:33 am

    Absolutely stunning! Artemesia, santolina, lambs ears, euphorbia, lavender – all my favorites! I grow these in SoCal so was surprised this garden is in England. Is that bright green shrub (under the Miscanthus? grass) a hebe I wonder?

    Love the diversity in the hardscape too, gravel and wood stairs, natural edge flagstone mixed with rectangular pavers -it all adds textural interest. Too often I see gardens attempting to mix different materials but getting it wrong by not matching the color temperature (red brick + blue gravel = ewww). Here it blends perfectly with warm grey tones to let the garden shine.

  3. rochelle on October 12, 2010 at 6:33 am

    Romina- I think it is hebe — very popular in the UK and now that I think of it — almost never used here in New England…I’m off to go check into Hebe’s growing conditions, because I too love that plant (but I am guessing I won’t be able to grow)

  4. ~fer on October 12, 2010 at 7:36 am

    Love the little trail of steps with lavender closing in at the sides from picture 12

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