This pretty brick built period house in the middle of a lovely Hampshire village had a very long narrow garden leading down to a wild area with a brook beyond. My clients had a young son, so wanted to retain a large expanse of lawn as a play area and the overgrown wooded section incorporated back into the garden. They also required more space for seating and outside entertaining.
To satisfy the extra seating requirement, the main terrace near the house has been extended and a second circular terrace of Indian Sandstone has been incorporated half way down the garden to catch the evening sun. A couple of benches located at the bottom of the garden are positioned to act partly as focal points, but primarily as resting spots for absorbing the peaceful surroundings in the shade of some overhanging trees.
A stone paved path leads from the main terrace, intercepted by two herringbone brick circles to add interest and open out this narrow section of the garden. The path is flanked by borders of scented roses and Mediterranean herbs to give year round interest. The garden then widens out to a large expanse of lawn, with densely planted borders to soften and obscure the boundary fences. The borders are shaped so that the long, narrow profile of the garden is disguised, and the overall impression is naturalistic, with flowing lines and a relaxed style of planting.
The area at the bottom of the garden has become a wild flower meadow where the climbing frame is partly hidden from view and bees and butterflies proliferate.