Project Description

Sensory Garden Design in Essex


Earth Designs have years of experience working on all kinds of garden design in Essex. We are a skilled and reliable team of local garden designers and landscapers. On this page, we will take you through the process of designing specifically a sensory garden in Essex.
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This interior of this family home had been renovated throughout, including construction of an extension to the rear of the property. When the client turned their attention to the outdoor space, they required a design that accommodated the needs of their two autistic teenage children. They also wanted it to be wildlife friendly, include provision for grow-your-own gardening and provide a beautiful view from the new bifold doors.  The garden consisted of a large square plot at the rear of the house, a side area and a front garden which needed to include a driveway with parking space for two cars.


The new design is based on a repeating pattern of swirls and curves which bring together the different areas of the outdoor space. A large spiral of porous resin bound aggregate sweeps from the back doors to the rear of the garden, bordered by a small, neat hedgerow. Planting in the beds behind the hedges is wilder and less formal. Curvaceous beds soften the edges of the square plot along the side and front of the house, filled with wildlife friendly plants like long flowering perennials, berries and fruits trees.

Directly outside the summerhouse a circular pond with a small hardwood decking ‘jetty’ creates the perfect place for pond dipping and wildlife watching. And a wood store provides added for little critters. The large tree is preserved, with the addition of a suspended swing seat underneath for quiet relaxation and regulation.

In this garden there are plenty of options for eating and relaxing. Outside the back door there’s ample space for a table and chairs. Moving around to the side of the house, a fruit tree provides a canopy overhear, giving the area shade and privacy. A bistro style table and chairs placed on the patio underneath waits for morning coffee or afternoon tea.

The repeating circular patterns provide a satisfying harmony to the space. While the planting and wildlife create a sensory rich environment, where sounds, textures and scents are abundant. But there are also quiet, secluded spaces to escape to.

Contact us today to discuss your project with our team of experienced sensory garden designers!

With our years of experience working on a variety of gardens both locally and nationally, we can offer a specialised, tailored design including Small Garden, Rooftop Garden, Ornamental Garden, Modern Garden, Cottage Garden, Formal Garden, Contemporary Garden, Courtyard Garden, Japanese Garden and Mediterranean Garden Design.

I’m very happy with my garden which was designed and created by Earth Designs. Kat created a beautiful design that gave us all the different things we wanted and needed. Matt’s team were pleasant to have around. It did take quite a bit longer than originally estimated to complete but it was totally worth the wait and we’re really looking forward to the summer this year and spending time in our garden.

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