I designed a series of different interconnected formal garden rooms around the house. A small parterre creates an attractive feature for people approaching the front door. A path from here takes you round to a stone terrace at the south of the house where the family can sit and dine in the sun. A brick edged path leads from here to a gravel courtyard with a seating area and a water feature. From here you walk up some steps round to the west side of the property and into a checkered chamomile and thyme lawn edged with box and lavender. This leads into another parterre with a central seating area perfect for enjoying the early evening sunshine. Some steps take you up to a higher level in the shade of a large tree where there is a lawn and somewhere to sit in the shade and look over the formal gardens. These gardens are separated from the rest of the site by carefully placed structural planting.
The central part of the garden is accessed from the gravel courtyard down some steps along a grass path that leads round the corner onto a stone edged lawn enclosed on two sides by pleached lime hedges with a seating area next to a large square pond. This more open space has structure but no formality and acts as a bridge between the formal and natural areas.
The swimming pool is accessed either from the formal gravel courtyard or from the central lawn. The same stone that edges the lawn and central pond has been used around the pool to give a feeling of continuity. A green roof on the pool house adds interest to the building and makes for a more sustainable garden as any water that isn’t absorbed by the plants on the roof will run into a rain garden and be absorbed there. The pool area also features an outdoor kitchen, a seating area a small fountain and a sculpture.
Paths lead from the swimming pool and central lawn to a large wildflower meadow at the south of the site where a cut grass path leads to the woodland and a series of connected woodchip paths that wind through the trees.
The lower pond is accessed from the wildflower meadow. It has been enlarged and re-shaped so that it fits better into the surrounding space. It has a natural appearance set amongst pebbles and stones with naturalistic planting in and it. A stream and waterfall connects the two ponds creating sound and movement in both areas. An arbor in the shade of the trees at the bottom of the pond is a great place to sit and take in the scene
family with 4 children and a dog
South facing garden in a rural setting
neutral, slightly sandy
redesign area around the swimming pool to include a pool house and outdoor kitchen, redesign the areas adjacent to the house and include a large seating area, seating area and pond in the central part of the garden, redesign the existing pond, stream with a waterfall to connect the two ponds, pathways through the existing woodland, lighting scheme for the areas around the house and swimming pool, space for 2 compost bins, log store
formal around the house but more naturalistic to the South of the garden
low maintenance plants in the naturalistic parts of the garden