Having cleared the spruce plantation, Emma was asked to design a low investment and low maintenance garden suitable for this stunning but exposed site of one and a quarter acres in the Peak District.

The plan is based on sweeps of meadows and wild planting following the curves of the high wall.  Turf paths divide the planting and provide walks down to the stream.

British native wildflower turf was laid and colourful perennial and annual ornamental meadows seeded. Fruit trees and Hawthorns with berries were under planted with Rugosa Roses, Nepeta and Geranium to provide additional nectar and fruit for wildlife.

At the end of May it was a great pleasure to see the extent to which the Ragged Robin had colonised the damp perimeter.

The smaller photos were taken in the previous August with the Roses, Nepeta and ornamental meadow in flower while the native meadow was at the end of its season.

Wild meadow garden Derbyshire