Following extensive renovation works to this grand Victorian house the clients required the garden designs for the grounds to be sympathetic to the property. Running two businesses from the house, their clients traverse the gardens regularly so it was important to create an impression as well as being able to enjoy the gardens for themselves. The brief was for a traditional style to be in keeping with the grandeur of the house and to include pathways, arches, evergreen planting, topiary and seasonal interest. The garden was shaded for most of the day by three mature copper beech trees which were the subject of Tree Preservation Orders.
The existing stone paving was to stay and the design was to work around this. The main features of the design were a circular lawn with a perimeter granite sett path, a dressed dry stone raised bed filled with shade loving shrubs and plants and deep well stocked borders. The old lawn was stripped off and prepared for new shade tolerant turf. The tired borders were cleared, the shrubs extensively pruned, the reshaped borders were rotovated and topsoil was added. The existing rotten timber pergola was removed and replaced with an Agriframe wall pergola and matching Gothic style arches. These supported climbing roses, clematis, honeysuckle and wisteria. The planting is traditional in style, suitable for the shaded aspect and is low maintenance.
The enclosed courtyard which forms the entrance to both the clients property and to their businesses becomes a smart, traditional cobbled area with grand stone steps and bespoke iron railings. Large planters with clipped bay trees and a cloud tree are added as a finishing touch.