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Family Garden
Brief: To fill beds creating a border that would come to life quickly and offer a pleasing view from the house and the terrace. Solution: The border was laid out on three levels and each level needed to have its own appeal to add to the whole picture. A traditional combination of roses, peonies and buxus hedging were used in the most formal level closest to the house, buxus and digitalis gave structure and form to the middle of the border leading to the mixed shrub and perennial border in the upper level of the border, which was filled with structure and contrasting colours that would be low maintenance but offering visual appeal throughout the year.
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Gravel Garden
Brief: To create an area within a lawn to draw the eye from the front door out into the beautiful view from the hall. Solution: The landscape was large so we considered a sizeable piece of statuary. Once the client had chosen a beautiful piece of Haddonstone it was possible to design a gravel garden around it with an emphasis on simplicity and texture. Outcome: Hard landscaping formed a defined area within the lawn using gravel, pebbles and bricks to add colour and texture which would be of year-round interest. A clean, simple planting scheme was put in that could withstand the wind on the exposed sight and offer seasonal interest through texture and structure.
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Shade Garden
Brief To make the garden a pleasant place to sit and relax and to offer an attractive view from the kitchen. Solution To create atmosphere through planting and to harness the attributes of the courtyard by using the damp shade as the perfect place for a lush planting scheme. An eclectic mix of plants has created a feeling of calm and tranquillity. Larger leaves and plants with interesting forms and subtle colours in the dappled sunlight offer interest within the raised beds. Now this lower ground space feels more like a room within the house than an unloved part of the garden. Fragrance also plays its part.
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Edge of Village
Large country garden on the edge of a village Brief: An established garden that needed brightening up for a specific purpose: the owners were getting married and holding their wedding reception at home in early June. The brief was multi-pronged. Access to the marquee was planned to run alongside the vegetable patch, which needed to look tidy and productive early in the season. Further interest was to be added to the main beds to coincide with the wedding but, importantly, the new had to earn their keep adding greater appeal year round and providing an attractive view from the kitchen table. Solution: The main area of the garden where the wedding was to be held: the bed was widened considerably and new planting added. Structure and architectural forms were put in year-round better year round appeal and enhance existing planting. Vegetable Garden: create order and a sense of design to make the area more appealing. Make each part of the vegetable patch attractive by using structure, leaf shape and colour and applying the rules of garden design as you would in other parts of a garden.
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