Project Overview

Imaginative rural garden

Photographed 2005 – 2008
A range of clever design and planting gives plenty to look at in this beautiful rural garden.  Over several years of garden maintenance I was able to enhance the existing design.

The wish list

Although the property was new, the garden around it had several lovely features that needed to be sympathetically developed – which I helped with as part of on-going maintenance work.  The owner loves to cook using fresh produce, so wanted a perfectly positioned kitchen garden in the form of a potager.

The magic wand

The house itself is generously surrounded by curving borders and tasteful hard landscaping. A beautiful mature willow tree stands near the entrance, and this is under-planted with woodland plants, which joins the bold circular potager – the first area to be developed from existing hard landscaping.  Divided into four equal sections with a central fountain, this area was designed for herbs, flowers, and salad plants. To enhance the effect and productivity, raised growing areas were incorporated in the form of pots.

A semi-circular patio behind the house has its curves reflected in the sweeping lawn which leads down to a pond and the fields beyond. The pond was an area that was developed over the years, from overgrown area where bull rushes had taken over, into a colourful wildlife-friendly oasis to be enjoyed from inside and outside.

A willow walk, an old orchard and a half-moon front border complete this rural garden.

The response

The owners enjoy a flowing design that works with the larger environment – and the ability to walk out from the kitchen to pick and collect ingredients from the potager.