Midlothian garden design

a wildlife friendly garden

A small back garden bursting with plants and wildlife in Lasswade overlooking the River Esk designed around a new extension.

Our clients had recently completed an extension to the back of their house and asked us to design a garden they could enjoy from their new patio windows and which made sense of the new space.
She was particularly keen to have a wildlife friendly plant filled space, loving the garden we had created for another family member.

The new design features a dining patio surrounded by borders filled with colourful plants chosen to attract bees and butterflies and a formal raised pond to attract birds and other wildlife. Angled paths join the patio to the side of the house and the new extension.
A large specimen Hydrangea 'Limelight' creates a beautiful point of focus from the patio windows and anchors the herbaceous planting.

Monarda 'Beauty of Cobham' and Agastache 'Blue Fortune' make for an intense wildlife friendly combination. Both are smothered in bees, hoverflies and butterflies in mid to late summer. Following this they both leave beautiful, long lasting seedheads through autumn and winter.
The angled black slate side path is surrounded by shadier loving plants such as Astilbe 'Strausenfeder' with its beautiful pink ostrich plumes, and Bergenia 'Silberlicht'.

A large dining patio next to the raised pond has space for our client's table and chairs. The paving is a mix of black slate and a contemporary buff slab. It's surrounded by planting borders filled with Hebe 'Nicola's Blush', Persicaria 'Inverleith', Franchoa sonchifolia and Thalictrum 'Thundercloud'.