I first worked with the client back in 2009 on a previous property and garden. When she moved, she contacted me again with a new project – the garden was almost triple the size and had some beautiful walls enclosing it.
Like the previous garden, the client was very keen to have a growing area and already had a greenhouse on site when she acquired the property. having lived and gardened in it for a year or so, she knew where the best sunny spots were and also had a good idea about what she wanted from the garden.
Taking a walled kitchen garden as a starting point we investigated ideas about living willow, rose arches and large borders for perennials and gradually honed the design down to something quite traditional in feel, with a nod to a working veg patch but also keeping a good sized chunk of it for some proper R’n’R.
The sunny private back area has accordingly been used for a large terrace, which to one side has a beautiful pergola which will eventually be covered in climbers to give some dappled shade. Surrounding this is box hedge with tall scented perennials such as lilies and delphiniums and ferny fennels. To enclose it we put in an area across for espalier fruit trees, to be wired on to a metal fence with turned oak posts which over time will age to look as though it has been on site for years. Below the espaliers there is a lavender hedge. There is also a large area for fruit bushes, aswell as a utility area for composts and wheelbarrows here.
New fencing was put in on three sides to give more privacy and security.
Two metal rose arches are at either end of the herringbone path leading from the bottom to the top, which replaces a rather meandering former brick path which was sited in the wrong place and looked rather purposeless.
Four large raised oak beds run down the left-hand side for veg, with space between and behind for further fruit bushes and/or cut plants.
A long lawn runs down the other side of the herringbone path, bordered either side by flowering perennials, herbs and shrubs, interspersed with large topiary. An existing apple tree sits in the middle of the lawn.
The client is very happy and has been found pottering on each visit I’ve made since. Her words..” it all looks so good. I hope you’re as pleased as I am.”