Hospice Garden - Kirkcaldy

This hospice garden features curved paths which flow through the space with areas for activities or to sit quietly.

Consultation and Concept

John Frater from Plantforms was asked to produce a design for a hospice garden to provide a tranquil and attractive space for enjoyment by residents, visitors and staff. 

The design incorporated:

  • Curved resin bound gravel paths flowing through the garden
  • Spacious area in front of a summerhouse for sitting out and for activities
  • A variety of circular seating areas for private contemplation.

Planting was a key element of the design:

  • Winter flowering shrubs planted on both sides of summerhouse
  • The private seating areas surrounded by Box hedging with autumn flowering perennials in between 
  • Bench area surrounded with low maintenance summer flowering perennials with ornamental grasses mixed through for texture, movement, height and winter interest
  • Columnar juniper trees to add height on the path to the arbour
  • Existing trees and shrubs retained and added to for greater privacy. 

Garden Features

Resin bound gravel with block edgings provide smooth, attractive, low maintenance paths and circular seating areas throughout the garden. 

A large octagonal summerhouse provides a central feature and attractive sheltered area.

A timber arbour adds softness and height to the garden.

An attractive drystone effect trough was constructed in front of the summerhouse for alpine planting feature.

Contemporary hardwood bench and chairs provide finishing touches.

Before & After Gallery

Why not browse through the befores and afters for this project…

Simply scroll the slider from left to right to see this garden transformation, for further images click on the arrows at the bottom right of the gallery.


Completed Project

The choice of materials ensures that the garden is low maintenance and the carefully chosen planting will provide colour and interest throughout the year.

The finished project has transformed the outdoor space into a welcoming and stylish space for residents, visitors and staff to enjoy.