A Hebridean Garden

This windswept garden in the Hebrides, designed around a new-build house, helps to embed the house into the wild landscape that surrounds it. All the waste soil and subsoil from the build was incorporated in the new garden and the land is sculpted to create level areas, mounds and sweeps.

The planting is chosen from the palette of native plants already present on the island and provides shelter for ground-nesting birds and for small mammals. Barn owls nest in the ruin. The wild meadow gives colour throughout the summer and is mown once a year, in the autumn. 

Metal gabions are used to forms steps and are filled with rocks and stones from the garden and the chippings are from a local quarry. The deck is made of Scottish larch.