Brief

The townhouse is located in Godalming with a garden on a steep hillside facing Southwest. It has decking on two levels and the top is scrubland bordering woodland. The brief was to create a patio garden that extends the living room. A secluded lush green space using planters and pots and some small trees on the steep wooden sloop. Exotic, scented, mediterainian plants would be ideal. A space for outdoor dining, or just an escape into a green world.
The next level up was imagined as a hanging out in the evening space, with fruit trees and BBQ. Further up a wild garden which could be the opposite of the patio garden downstairs. Low maintenance and with space for a wildflower meadow. On the steep hillside plants that prosper on the dry sandy soil.

Images Townhouse hillside garden design

  • Walter van Rijn, Townhouse hillside garden design, Godalming, Surrey, UK.
  • Walter van Rijn, Townhouse hillside garden design, Godalming, Surrey, UK.
  • Walter van Rijn, Townhouse hillside garden design, Godalming, Surrey, UK.
  • Walter van Rijn, Townhouse garden design, Godalming, Surrey, UK.
  • Walter van Rijn, Townhouse garden design, Godalming, Surrey, UK.
  • Walter van Rijn, Townhouse hillside garden design, Godalming, Surrey, UK.
  • Walter van Rijn, Townhouse hillside garden design, Godalming, Surrey, UK.

Challenges

One of the interesting aspects of this project was to come up with a way to create space for small trees on the steep wooden slope. With an eye on the hot weather and water requirements of plants and trees in this situation, I decided to place the plants in crates that are placed on the ground under the decking and have no base. Once the plants are established and have their roots in the underground they should be ok without watering.
The climbers will cover the wood and create a better climate for the other plants. They also create a green leafy wall that adds to the lush tropical feel of the patio garden.

  • Walter van Rijn, Townhouse hillside garden design, Godalming, Surrey, UK.
  • Townhouse hillside garden design, Godalming, Surrey, UK.
  • Townhouse hillside garden design, Godalming, Surrey, UK.
  • Townhouse hillside garden design, Godalming, Surrey, UK.