This large country garden belonged to an active family which included four young children and one dog. Several different gardens within the garden were required, and were to include; a swimming pool and entertaining area, formal gardens and terrace area, a woodland area and two bodies of water. The planting style needed to reflect the layout and style of the different areas, with all year round interest.
This was a challenging project, not only to design and re-landscape the entire site creating several different gardens in the process, but also to create a seamless transition between the areas.
The gardens immediately surrounding the property are formal in design. The west facing garden includes; a formal lawn with a central copper tree water feature, an arbour which provides seating and a view leading down through the garden to the pergola, and a knot garden with mixed planting.
The sunny main terrace close to the house is surrounded by planting borders. From the terrace a gravel path leads through an L-shaped oak pergola. The path leads to the swimming pool and main entertainment area. This area includes a pool house, outdoor kitchen under a gazebo, barbeque, dining area and two small lawns for the children to play. The planting has been kept simple, predominantly repeat patterns of grasses, ferns and hostas, providing lots of architectural interest. From this area an informal bark path takes you through to the woodland area.
The main lawn was re-shaped, informal in appearance it sweeps around the main garden enclosing two ponds, stream and a wildflower meadow. A new pond with timber decking and summerhouse sits at the top of a meandering stream. Planting along the edge of the stream softens it, making it more natural looking. The stream links up with a re-shaped larger lower level pond. A wooden bridge crosses over this pond and seating towards the bottom of the pond provides a view towards the bridge and beyond through the wildflower meadow.
This is a garden packed with interest, beautiful views, areas to explore and planting with interest all through the seasons.