This landscape is designed to complement a contemporary seafront house by Richard Paxton Architects on Hayling Island, off the south-east coast of England.

The tough planting copes with the salt laden, gale force winds. The plants anchor the building to the site and create privacy for the downstairs bedrooms (a public pathway runs along the beach, at the bottom of the garden).

Wire mesh frames are planted to create a living colonnade from the ground right up through the first floor balcony.

The lawn is bounded by colourful, nectar-rich, perennial plants to encourage wildlife and please the eye.