Garden design portfolio

Here are examples of some of the many gardens Arcadia Garden Design has created over the years. The gardens vary in size, style and location.

Riverside Garden Lewes, E. Sussex

Riverside garden Lewes, E. Sussex

An existing designed and landscaped garden needed a few changes for the new owners. Arcadia Garden Design added a larger waterside terrace a raised planter full of colour and texture and a pergola for shade and so views of the river could be enjoyed.

 Restored farm pond, near Alfriston in East Sussex

Sussex Heritage 2023 Winner logoThe Byre is a 13th C. grade II listed flint barn. It’s restoration and conversion and it’s surrounding landscaping and pond were awarded a Sussex Heritage Trust 2023 award in the small residential category.

Arcadia Garden Design, worked with the clients from surveying of the site, to commissioning environmental reports, designing the pond and surrounding landscaping, producing all the technical and construction drawings for the project from the steps leading from the Byre to the restoration of the pond and the jetty. Designing all the planting and carrying out the aquatic. marginal and bog garden planting.

Read the full story of restoring the pond and landscapes at the Byre.

The Byre is a luxury retreat set in the heart of the South Downs National Park. Find out more.

Using natural building materials and only native aquatic and marginal planting. Has brought this disused and empty farm pond back to life. After only a couple of years it is now teaming with wildlife. Offering many mixed habitats.

Walled garden in Petworth West Sussex.

A traditional English garden style with roses and perennials to give vibrant colour and clipped box to add structure.

Chic modern garden in Brighton East Sussex

Dominated by stainless steel sculpture, with a water wall plunging into a deep slate edged pool. Four sculpture panels with a “wave” running across them are up-lit at night. Strong bands of textured planting add to the cutting-edge feel of this garden. Completed May 2005.

The Garden at Night

This chic modern garden in Brighton gains an extra element by being light at night. The lighting transforms the garden, giving the semi-mature trees an extra dimension with subtle up-lighting. The lighting not only picks out the gardens architectural features, such as the water feature and sculptures, it also gently lights the edges of the terrace and steps so the garden can be explored at night. A set of dramatic coloured up-lights gently change and play over the surface of the 4 wave sculpture set against the yew hedge, bringing colour and drama to the bottom of the garden.

The garden lighting extends the enjoyment of the garden into the dark evenings, particularly in the winter months when the tracery of the deciduous trees can be particularly spectacular.

Urban garden in Eastbourne, East Sussex.

Bold simplistic design with strong lines acts as a foil to the dynamic and dramatic planting.

Town garden Haywards Heath, West sussex

Geometric shapes and staggered junctions of the design produce a well-structured garden softened by dense areas of planting.

Country retreat near Tonbridge Wells, Kent.

The large garden space is divided into different areas using circles and decreasing circles. A vibrant traditional planting style with a modern twist, smoothly linking the areas into one comprehensive garden space.

Roof terrace, Hove, East Sussex.

Chic and modern design, with lightweight modern materials. Dramatic planting that will cope with the elements.

Maritime garden, Worthing, West Sussex.

The design ebbs and flows from one side to the other of the garden space with vertical sleepers, hemp rope, pebbles and gravel, sweeps of grasses and sea holly. There’s also a place for a hammock.

Children’s garden, Rodmell, Nr. Lewes, East Sussex.

The design of circles and sweeping curves that hold a wooden fort , wave walls, and climbing ropes, With its bold textured jungle planting, the garden is one year old.

Garden for a public building, Hastings, East Sussex.

A sheltered housing project, with wide paths, seating areas, benches and summer house. The large dense areas of planting, with scented plants and plants to encourage butterflies and birds can be enjoyed by all, at most times of the year.

A small front garden with parking, room for a car and plants. SouthWick, W. Sussex.

The client was a keen gardener and although they really needed off road carparking, still having a front garden was a priority. Using block paving which is permeable and complied with SUDS regulations was important. The paver was chosen to help mirror the house materials. A soft pastel pallet of scented planting was created, with flowering plants through out the year to encourage pollinators .

Planting at different times of year

All taken from the same garden, our planting design is based on laying plants trees/shrubs under planted with herbaceous/ ground cover planting and bulbs. The plants grow though each other, giving each area of the garden a distinctive colour and texture at different times of the year.

Garden Features

Garden Features, from bespoke furniture in wood and wrought iron, to specially designed tree seats, pergolas, archways and rose arbours. To gates, handrails and railings. Initiative screening designs using a variety of materials, to site specific designed sculpture. We pride ourselves at Arcadia Garden Design in producing something unique, designed to suit the client and the landscape of their garden.

Water features

Large and small, formal and informal, over many years Arcadia Garden Design has designed and constructed everything from simple over flowing pots and urns to, formal reflecting pools, fountains using cutting edge materials to wildlife ponds large and small. To designing and installing swimming pools and Jezzies.