Our Clients bought an old dairy farm a few years ago and we've been working with them over the last couple of years to create and nurture usable garden spaces. The farm is located just outside Thurlestone, on the South Devon coast, and is set on a hilltop with views towards the sea. It's a very exposed position, and we've had to contend with strong winds and selecting plants that will cope with the salt water in the air. Being a dairy farm, and assuming that the cows didn't have the inclination to stop and small the roses, there wasn't an awful lot of planting, or indeed anywhere to sit and enjoy the views. We've therefore created a decked terrace in a sheltered part of the garden positioned to enjoy the setting sun. It's wrapped in hedge and perennial planting, and also includes an outdoor shower so that the family can wash off the sea when they return home from a day out. We've planted a series of trees to help settle the house into the landscape and also sown a 100sqm wildflower meadow which is thriving. We're heading down to see how the meadow looks in June, to decide whether a Chelsea crop at that time will help to add more colour to the meadow flowers.