Sussex Prairies Garden Visit

This 8 acre garden was created by horticulturalists and designers Paul and Pauline McBride, planted in 2008. The design is based on a spiraling nautilus shell with large borders filled with sweeps of dramatic perennial planting, selected and placed for their contrasting flowers, form and foliage textures.

Wide grass paths allow you to appreciate the contrasting forms across the garden. Visitors are also invited to get in amongst the planting using smaller paths that wind through the borders, allowing you to interact with the plants at close quarters. An unusual and refreshing way to experience the garden.

Deschampsia cespitosa planted on-masse, the seed heads create a golden cloud above the foliage. A designer favourite for creating a naturalised feel.


Contrasting forms and foliage. Astilbe in the foreground, the dried flower heads holding strongly, Deschampsia cespitosa and Veronicastrum (behind) At the rear of the image white flowering Aster providing late season interest and Molinia sp. swaying in the breeze.

Persicaria sp. is another useful late season perennial to provide interest into autumn. The spire shaped flowers dry neatly and can be left standing for winter interest. Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Taurus’ is a similar deep red variety.

Bug hotels are a great way of ensuring you have plenty of helpful beasties to keep garden pests at bay. A great inclusion in a family garden as children can get involved with the building and enjoy monitoring the residents!

See our previous visit to the Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden