I was asked to create a design for a garden in Sovereign Harbour, Eastbourne, next door to one I’d worked on some years before. But this was to be very different. Instead of stone slabs or shingle I normally employ, we decided to use a self-bind mineral. This is a fine aggregate that is thickly spread then compressed with a powered ‘whacker’.
We used two distinct colours, pink and sand, separated by flexible aluminium edging, creating a sinuous, curving path leading from the raised patio to a timber store. Oak sleeper raised beds were constructed and these, along with planting pockets, were filled with perennials and compact shrubs, providing year-round interest.