Large Estate in Rudgwick, Surrey
This garden design in Rudgwick was for a large Surrey estate with a new build house in traditional style required landscaping proposals for the front entrance and treatment for the gardens around the house. It was important that these should meld into the more natural fields and farm land beyond. A lively family, very keen on sport, needed areas in which to play and run wild. It was also imperative that the garden should be wild-life friendly to encourage as many insects, birds, amphibians as possible. The brief was to enclose or hide the swimming pool and tennis court so that they did not intrude on the wider landscape yet do this as subtly as possible. The garden was several years in the making. Our clients wanted a very different front entrance which already had a circular drive and was dominated by a diseased tree and worn grass. The “wow” factor was a given.
Woodland Garden in Esher
A naturalistic garden to surround a chalet style property. Informal paths meander around the garden taking in shady routes through rhododendrons and emerging into a clearing with a wildlife pool and marginal planting. Decking over-sails the pond allowing the owners to enjoy the open space and wildlife around the water. Beyond the pool is an area of wild meadow flowers, thrown into glorious colour by the dark backdrop of a purple acer and laurels.
French Inspired Planting in Woking
Following a large extension being added to the rear of the house, our brief was to design new terraces for eating and relaxing which need to flow seamlessly from the house. The interior floors are laid with porcelain tiles so we matched the colour and introduced outside quality Italian tiles into the garden to provide the visual link. Our clients, although not keen gardeners, love France so we designed a palette of plants that would not feel out of place in the Mediterranean. Inspired by the Provence garden, La Louvre, created by Nicole de Vesian and the existing Scots pines in the garden, the plants were carefully selected to reflect this style, They will be clipped into mounds by a professional gardener to provide textures and form throughout the year. They are also relatively drought tolerant although our client has extended an existing irrigation system to ensure that the plants survive in the early years of establishment. Given time the plants will grow into each other forming a textural ground covering mat. From the terraces the garden slopes down and leads to the Basingstoke Canal which is a popular walking and cycle route.
Estate in West Sussex
Shalford House sits in 45 acres in Kingsley Green, West Sussex. 14 years in the making, the garden has matured with formal areas close to the house, an orangery and a production glass house set within a wall garden. Beyond the garden opens out into naturalistic planting, lakes and woodland walks. An exceptional garden that opens twice a year in the Yellow Book Scheme.