This riverside garden in the High Peak was landscaped and created to make the most of the surroundings, and to attract wildlife

Landscaping and wildlife

The challenge with this riverside garden in the High Peak, was to create an environment that delivers interest and wildlife value.

I transformed the space into a landscaped wildlife garden with a looping path that links the lawn with the shady riverside, a pergola and pond. Curving hedges divide the garden. I planted lush grasses and irises, balanced against colourful perennials and structural shrubs. The pond and beaching provide an excellent habitat for a range of invertebrates.

The woodland walk is edged with shade lovers – Christmas box, Kirengeshoma palmata, anemones and Euphorbia.

To create a sense of peace in the garden, clashes of colour have been avoided. Blues and pinks have been kept separate from hot reds, for example.

Thanks go to Nick Marshall and his landscaping team, for their hard work in transforming this garden with the pond, pergola and stonework. (Full contact details available on request.)