Country House Parterre Garden

This beautiful Grade II listed late medieval farmhouse, with parts dating back to the Sixteenth century is set in an idyllic rural location. As part of a small hamlet the property had recently been purchased and the new owners wished to gently renovate the gardens in phases.

Strong elements remain in the new design. The hexagonal stone water feature was renovated back to full working order to create the central piece of the whole garden. The natural forms of the existing fruit trees and the mature yew hedges offer strong boundaries, all adding to the history and sense of place to the garden.

A symmetrical layout has been reconfigured with borders lined with box, hosting repeat flowering old English roses and underplanted with Salvia ‘Caradonna’. Bespoke, mild steel edging installed around the central stone water feature, gives a crisp finish to the newly created beds of Lavender and Thyme. Carefully positioned metal obelisks provide height & balance. Replenished shingle paths complete a smart, colourful and fragrant garden. Pleached Carpinus Betulus (hornbeam) create a stunning backdrop to the garden, allowing a degree of privacy but allowing glimpses of the hop garden beyond. Previously tired and unattractive, it is now a place with purpose.

The smart new greenhouse works practically alongside a generous new cutting garden that has been developed with seasonal plants, supplying flowers and foliage for the house. Existing apple trees remain in the scheme affording a reminder of the original garden as well as plentiful supplies of fruit.

The garden is balanced in height with the use of metal obelisks which also serve as strong, sculptural pieces through the year. This garden now serves many purposes:- a calm, sunny dining area on the terrace, a place for evening drinks as well as a great productive garden and a busy haven for pollinators.

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