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