The Secret Garden, Bellway Homes

Bellway Homes
Bellway Homes | 2016 | Horsham

The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden is a 52 home development located in Horsham, West Sussex.


The Secret Garden is a 52 home development located in Horsham, West Sussex. Set against the charming countryside, the development attempts to balance 21st century living with a surrounding countryside feel.

Our Role

idverde was asked to design, supply and install bespoke front and rear gardens for three show home plots. The design influences were chosen by idverde from Frances Hodgson Burnett’s ‘The Secret Garden’: a story of a young girl who discovers an overgrown garden which she then transforms.

idverde maintained a strong relationship with Bellway Homes having delivered all of their previous bespoke projects in this region. The gardens were designed to be well-established, mature and had very non-traditional designs. This became a challenge as both the client and prospective residents would be expecting large, open-planned gardens. This was resolved by idverde’s teams developing the project with strong artistic merit, segregating the garden areas to personalise them to each individual housing plot. idverde ensured the successful implementation of the designs, developed according to the client’s budget and expectations. Offering a personal and dedicated approach to their work, idverde’s regional operations manager created a homemade wooden plaque to be hung in the gardens.


The client’s initial design ideas were influenced by a ‘Chelsea flower show’ style garden, which was then tailored through regular consultation by idverde to a wilder countryside theme.


  • Mature specimen trees
  • Serpentine high evergreen hedges
  • Display swing with uprights hidden by rambling climbers
  • Purple beech hedges
  • Evergreen ornamental planting
  • 50cm clipped evergreen box balls
  • Shrubs, herbaceous and perennial beds
  • Clipped topiary art hedges
  • Pleached fruit trees

Ornaments and furniture:

  • Bistro table and chairs set
  • An outdoor lounge: white bespoke planters, outdoor wall art, sofas, a coffee table and seagrass rug
  • Ornamental duck statues
  • Vintage bird bath
  • Ornate bench
  • Planted urns
  • Bespoke reclaimed timber arched gates with vintage gate furniture
  • Timber entrance gates

Water features:

  • Shallow pool with water fountain
  • Bubbling water feature