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The best Plants & Flowers for the Norfolk Environment

Unfortunately for us gardeners, Norfolk soil is not all the same, we have a bit of everything to consider from sandy, fast draining soil that you might find in coastal villages like Brancaster and Hunstanton to boggy and even poor draining clay around some of our inland villages. Add to this the constant prevailing sea breezes and it’s easy to appreciate that what works in one spot, might not work just a few miles down the road.

Local Knowledge and Gardening Experience

With over 13 years professional garden design experience, Louise will ensure your garden is planted with flowers and plants that will thrive in Norfolk. Here’s some pictures of recent design work undertaken by Balanis including courtyard garden makeovers  and a large family garden design with hard landscaping (patios etc). All these gardens are situated around the North Norfolk coast including Hunstanton, Thornham, Brancaster, Heacham and Titchwell.

Brancaster Courtyard Garden

Before – overgrown, overhanging and over-run with weeds

Before – Courtyard area in need of some TLC. Small pond overgrown and pump not working

After – addition of oak beds & seating and repair of water feature. More details of this Brancaster garden design here

After – oak planters with built-in seating installed. Pond cleaned & pump replaced. 

Hunstanton – Garden Makeover & Tidy

This property was going to go on the market. The owner decided a better price would be achieved if the garden was put to turf and tidied.

From this ….
To this – beds free of weeds and planted. Turf laid and bedded in.

Hunstanton Courtyard Garden

This tricky area suffers from spots of permanent shade. The decking is often slippery. The walled area was completely overgrown with Ivy. More of this courtyard garden makeover here.

The old decking following an extensive garden clearance

After – addition of a new family patio and planting beds throughout. Shaded area put to shingle. More details of this Hunstanton garden design here

Decking removed. Shingle, new planted borders and patio all finished

Holme-next-the-Sea Garden Design

A new build property with an extended lawn. The plan here was to split the garden in to 4 distinct areas. Louise added a wild flower meadow, an orchard, 4 x woven steel raised beds for vegetables and salad crops, a family seating area with outdoor lighting and a stunning Olive tree.

A large lawned area with little interest or character – about 25m wide x 40m deep
Installation of irrigation, steel lawn edging and outdoor electrics throughout.

After – addition of hundreds of plants throughout. Steel lawn edging installed as well as under-soil drip feed irrigation and extensive external electrics & garden lighting. More details of this large family garden design

A beautiful family patio with firepit and oak arbour.

Lawn Care – Scarify, Feed and Overseed

Lawn after applying ferrous sulphate showing the blackened dead moss
Lawn after applying ferrous sulphate showing the blackened dead moss – start of regeneration programme
Same lawn, different angle - 8 weeks after scarifying, feeding and overseeding
Same lawn – 8 weeks after scarifying, feeding and overseeding

Another simple garden transformation

New build rear garden following removal of dead turf
To this, the customer wanted low maintenance with a seaside shingle feel
And twelve months on with the lavender and grasses well established

Reclaiming your Garden spaces

A before and after of an out of control flower and vegetable patch

Correspond with Balanis Garden Design

Louise would love to hear from you – get he garden you’ve always wanted.
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