This beautiful classical manor house was built on the site of a former farmhouse. Not much remained of the previous garden when I first saw the site, apart from a section of lovely old brick wall and some fine specimen trees. These were incorporated into the new design.
Working alongside the architect, I designed the garden with a formal layout around the house, which gradually became less formal towards the boundaries and open farmland beyond. A wide south facing sandstone terrace with Portland stone steps leading down to the lawn provides a generous sized entertaining space and a vantage point from which to take in the views of the surrounding garden and countryside. Banks of lavender and raised beds of Mediterranean style planting soften the stonework and thrive in the free draining soil and southerly aspect. A mature avenue of lime trees separates the main garden and lawn from the tennis court, orchard and wild flower meadow beyond. Three partly walled, formal gardens to the west of the house contain colour themed planting schemes, predominantly for summer interest. The top garden has a 'hot' colour scheme, containing climbers, perennials and bulbs with yellow, red and orange flowers, with a touch of purple for contrast. The narrow middle section has a classical styled lead cistern at one end - a focal point from the house - raised up on a stone plinth, with a patterned path of cobbles and brick leading up to it. The borders either side are filled with plants with white flowers and some variegated foliage, which thrive in shady conditions due to the high clipped yew hedging enclosing this area. The lower garden has a 'cool' colour scheme, full of climbers, shrubs, perennials and bulbs with pink, blue, purple and white colouring. Painted wrought iron arches, salvaged from the previous garden, lead from the lower garden out onto the lawn, and support an abundance of climbing roses and clematis.
With the addition of large stone and lead containers filled with clipped box and laurel to frame windows and doors around the house, and garden lighting to cast interesting shadows and highlight certain trees and features at night, the project was complete.