Materials have included 15 tons York stone, 11 tons of garden soil, 15 tons of concreting sand and 80 cubic metres of forest bark – everything was brought down six garage steps! Large rocks have been added, straight lines made into curves. We built a chalet store, summerhouse, large wooden oriental pagoda, a smaller wooden Pagoda with water feature and laid more than 100 metres of paths. Five water features made by us include a fifty-four foot long rocky stream.
We have become increasingly skilled in working with York stone in paving and other garden features such as the garden streams. The large stream was built York stone, concrete and reinforcing iron and has a 3000 gallons per hour pump and a reservoir holding 75 gallons of water.
The oriental pagoda is a major focal point for the whole garden and provides welcome shade in the summer. Together with the jungle, with its palms, bamboo and banana, it creates a screen and divides the garden, making it seem much larger.
Other wooden structures in the garden, such as the seating and the pergola, are stained the same dark brown as the pagoda and they also take on a role as focal points. We chose not to put climbing plants on the pergola and this accentuates its architectural features.
Red oriental ornaments come into their own in winter when most red foliage is absent and they also act as focal points amongst the plants.