Joss Benatt is a garden designer based in Totnes, in the South Hams, who designs stylish nature inspired gardens around the Devon , Cornwall and Somerset
Garden Design Devon
I have been designing gardens in Devon for the last 20 years and have designed gardens of all different types from coastal to country and town gardens. Often with a naturalistic approach responding to local conditions, with a broad pallette of plants and with natural materials where possible.
When approaching a commission the first stage will be to talk through your requirements as well as getting a feeling for your likes and dislikes. On the basis of this and an assessment of the site we will come up with an outline plan that will prompt further discussion and exploration of the possibilities for your garden.
Child Friendly Gardens
Areas for playing but also spaces for calm and contemplation.
Low Maintenance Gardens
This is often a requirement as our clients who often love plants and gardens but have not got the time to commit to maintenance.
Wildlife Friendly Gardens
Many of our clients want their gardens to be habitats that encourage wildlife and include native planting. We have particular experience of developing naturalistic planting, wildflower meadows, wildlife ponds and orchards.
We have designed planting for green roofs on garden sheds and whole houses using appropriate species with low water demand and wildlife benefits.
We have been involved in gardens in unusual environments, for example, in exposed maritime environments where plants need to be wind and salt tolerant but where there is the opportunity for more exotic half hardy plants, such as in the coastal areas of Devon.
We have always had a strong emphasis on minimizing the impact of garden design as well as going as far as we can in terms of making gardens that contribute to bidiversity. We have experience with using non-treated timber that is still durable and beautiful, locally sourced materials in terms of stone and timber and the use of local provenance seeds and natural regeneration.