Case Studies / A Listed Coach House Garden

  •  A need to enclose the garden, without interfering with views from the house.

    Before

  • Sparce planting lends an air of austerity to this beautiful listed home.

    Before

  • The existing terrace is proportially mean, permitting only narrow dry borders and limited seating space.

    Before

  • The rear of the property. The client requested a small simply planted seating area, in which to catch the early morning sun with a cup of coffee.

    Before

  • The open view from entrance drive to house is gently screened by the addition of blocks of  hornbeam hedging (foreground) and specimen shrubs and trees, including the silver leaved Pyrus salicifolia 'Pendula' and red leaved Cotinus coggygria 'Grace'.

    Newly planted finished garden

  • Original terrace extended to allow wider borders which can offer a  longer season of interest.

    Finished garden

  • Widened borders with repeat planting to ensure visual cohesion.

    Finished garden

  • A small seating area created using Osmanthus burkwoodii in faux lead planters with the quick growing Ceanothus 'Skylark' to screen utility area. A simple automatic watering system has been included.

    Finished garden

  • Widened terrace reusing existing weathered paving slabs and natural stone slabs allows a depth of planting which ensures year long interest and structure.

    Finished garden

  • A sunny dining terrace is surrounded by traditional English garden planting. Bulbs such as Allium 'Purple Sensation' are repeat planted to give continuity.

    Finished garden

  • Ceanothus, roses and honeysuckle soften the walls above Salvia purpurascens [purple sage], Allium 'Purple Sensation',  the lime green flower heads of Euphorbia wulfenii 'John Tomblinson', lavender and bearded iris.

    Finished garden

  • Colourful traditional 'English country garden' borders envelop the property.

    Finished garden

About the property:

Handsomely buttressed Grade II listed coach house, serving neighbouring country House of c1700. Mostly put down to lawn with thin beds against the property walls.

Client brief:

Increase planting, create a seating terrace and break up view from drive entrance to house.

Works:

Trial excavations showed a thin topsoil above a deep hardcore base. The lawn area had been used as a manege previous to the coach house being developed as accommodation, so initial planting plans were scaled back due to costs of ground works. Instead we chose to improve soil conditions in specific planting pits and plant structural shrubs, concentrating on bold planting around the house and terrace.

A dense clipped yew hedge was planned to edge the driveway, opening up to give specific views of the house linking with the buttress work. Trenches were dug out and filled with topsoil, due to these trenches retaining water, a hornbeam hedge was chosen to line the drive.

A large square terrace was built using Indian stone, with borders surrounding to be planted with mixed flowering shrubs, roses and perennials. Trees were placed where privacy was required.

The narrow terrace at the front of the property was widened, lifting and re-using old slabs in blocks, between new slabs of rough hewn edged Indian stone.

The pockets between the paving were dug out and new top soil added to a depth of 450mm, and planted with structural cottage garden type plants and roses. Wall shrubs and climbers help link the house and garden.

In the rear courtyard area, a small enclosed seating area is created by the simple addition of five large planters containing Osmanthus burkwoodii. This neat evergreen plant can be clipped after flowering (white tubular flowers in late spring, beautifully scented) to form a sculptured specimen.