Wappingthorn Court – verdant opulence for a Sussex country house.

The north apron: just planted.

The north apron: just planted.

We built a raised trellis, covering the entire area and lying at just the right angle to present the plants to daylight and to maximise their appeal to the eye. Underneath the structure, we laid a membrane completely to exclude weeds on the sloping ground beneath. We planted vigorous evergreen climbers, capable of generously filling the space, in combination with scented and abundant roses in deep pockets of improved soil right at the base of the wall.  Along the edge of the plot we laid a simple, low-cost irrigation system, designed to deliver water exactly where the plants needed it, to aid their establishment, whilst minimising waste.  This was operated by the gardener, so that, say, while he mowed the lawns, the young plants were watered thoroughly. Now they are established, this regime is no longer necessary.

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