The Large Family Garden
This was a large garden with many existing mature trees, as well as a large existing pond and swimming pool. Though the swimming pool was to be retained, the area around it needed redesigning and updating and a new pool house had to be built, with an outdoor kitchen area. The family wanted a new pond and cascade down to the existing pool which was to be drained, relined and re-shaped.
The area at the front of the house is formal with box hedging and a colourful planting of tulips, wallflowers and Alstroemeria. There is a lawn area outside the children’s play room, surrounded by a planting of witchhazel, dogwoods, crab apple, grasses and perennials to give year round colour and interest.
I have given the family a large L-shaped patio to sit out and eat on. To utilise the existing slope between this terrace and the swimming pool area, I have designed in a rockery, to add interest and informality to the garden.
There is a large central lawn and a shrub border which screens this from the swimming pool area, enclosing the swimming pool area and making it a desirable place to spend a day not only in the pool, but playing games, sunbathing and eating on the paving and rectangular lawn area. The planting around the swimming pool area is designed to be at its height during the summer months, so I have used a lot of roses, paeonies, lavatera, cistus, grasses and summer flowering perennials and biennials.
The Back Garden
The Pool Area
The woodland required a lot of clearing out of some of the smaller growth and dead wood. The hazel has been coppiced, a new path has been routed through the trees and a picnic area has been placed in the clearing.
There is a patio area beside the new pond, a viewing area from which to view the cascade, and a semi-circle of stone benches beside the re-designed existing pond. The cascade is planted with ferns, grasses, hostas, aruncus, liatris, persicara and hemerocalis, creating an interesting waterside atmosphere.
Much of the area further away from the house has infrequently mown meadow grass with wildflowers, which gives it an informal feel in contrast to the formality of the clipped box hedging close to the house.