The brief: To create a large country garden high in the Chilterns from surrounding overgrown land and older lawns. Our client wanted a courtyard and terrace for entertaining, a new entrance with ample parking to showcase the beautiful Victorian farmhouse, lawns and borders, vegetable garden and greenhouse, and to incorporate the existing mound of black pines into the design.
The hard landscaping reused the existing granite sets in the courtyard, matched with new porcelain tiles. The terrace was built from sandstone, with low retaining walls and an archway built from local wood-fired brick to match the glazed brickwork of the house.
Shrubs form the backbone of the planting creating sustainable year-round interest. These are interspersed with herbaceous plants for seasonal colour. Highlights include silvery Eleagnus ‘Quicksilver’ punctuating the long border; the long-lasting foliage and form of Abelia ‘Edward Groucher’ with Cotinus ‘Grace’; the mounded shapes of Santolina ‘Primrose Gem’ and Hebe rakaiensis soften the borders around the terrace. Roses, clematis, and many other climbers clothes the arches and add height.