Case Studies / A Large Country House Garden

  • A smart new terrace accentuates slope and layout issues.

    Before works

  • A sloping lawn and bank fails to give the garden an intimate enclosed feel.

    Before works

  • The removal of a  large tree left this area of the garden lacking purpose and interest.

    Before works

  • Lawn is removed and area levelled and compacted.

    During works

  • Area is sculpted with machinery.

    During works

  • Land is levelled and tracked ready for implementation of wild flower garden.

    During works

  • Sculpting of earth to create a pleasing (and eventually discreet) seating area

    During works

  • A careful selection of wild flower and spring bulbs compliments the property.

    Finished garden

  • A new, level lawn.

    Finished garden

  • Uncluttered, a simple yew hedge on a newly levelled site, allows the fabulous purple beech and beautiful far reaching views to steal the show.

    Finished garden

About the property:

A large handsome property with spectacular views. Rear of the property is secluded, whilst long front lawn is viewed from the small village road.

Client brief:

Simplify front lawn planting, concentrating on view across pasture land. Link in and add low maintenance interest to adjoining sloping lawn, to west of property.

Works:

Remove mixed border planting, strip turf and level front lawn site.
Add semi mature hedge of yew to prevent road user view into house, whilst framing clients view over open countryside.

Level sloping west lawn and create a ‘stop’ between the simple south lawn and colourful meadow planting, consisting of a bench and urn with shrub roses to define path leading into the meadow garden.

Sculpt meadow area and sow grass and meadow seed. Add suitable bulb planting, shrub roses and feature shrubs to add structure to the winter garden and scent to the summer garden. Mark the circular path, which is to be kept closely mown

Rejuvenate wall plants and implement pruning schedule.
Add drifts of large leaved perennials to narrow borders and rabbit resistant forms to main borders.

Implement feeding schedule throughout.