I undertook developing a new garden for an ecologically sympathetic house in Redhall Edinburgh on the Northern bank of the Water of leith. The garden design followed in essence design principles born out in ‘ Forest Gardens’ an approach developed back in the 1960’s to be more sustainble, with sustenance the working verb….


Plants were chosen specifically based upon use rather than look, whether it was fruit, herb, medicinal or aiding wildlife and biodiversity in some known aspect ( food or shelter). Materials used were also natural low key and recycled where possible, with most of the timber re-used off-cuts from the house construction….


I loosely coined the design and construction style hillbilly chic due to the cliched self sufficient nature of American hillbilly lifestyle but also nodded to the potential risk of it becoming ‘ hillbilly cheap’ as an assortment of reused items collectively just looking tatty!


Well here it is 6 months in – most plants doing good some less so…..darn those wabbits!


Edinburgh logstore garden design


The logstore remained pretty well dry throughout the wettest year on record and the lavender¬† liked the previously brick / rubble filled, free draining soil….


garden design reuse materials Edinburgh


I feel this photo shows a garden becoming Hillbilly chic!


kind of Looking forward to seeing it with it’s winter coat on …. I can wait though!