In January 2013 I was commissioned to design the grounds of a newly renovated, grand, Victorian property in Knutsford, Cheshire.
After the completion of the back garden landscaping, the final leg of the project moved to the front of the property – a walled garden with a huge horse chestnut tree, which cast shade over most of the garden. The clients’ brief was for a pathway to the house main entrance and to include topiary ferns and hostas. Otherwise it was a blank canvas.
The garden had been used as a building site for over a year during the renovation works. Part of the boundary wall was rebuilt incorporating a reclaimed stone gate surround. Old holly hedging was removed and replaced with new. A dark grey granite sett pathway with rope top edging was laid with path lighting to each side. Spot lights were positioned to up light the horse chestnut tree and new planting.
The garden before – used as a building site
Cleared of all building materials and equipment the old holly hedge was removed and the boundary wall was rebuilt incorporating reclaimed stone gate surround, and the start of the granite sett path
The new path and rope topped edging is finished. Path lighting and spotlighting is installed. A piece of sculpture will sit on a plinth up-lit from below.
The planting is delivered and setting out is under way ready for planting up to include ferns, hostas, half standard holly trees, box balls and hedging, shade tolerant shrubs and tree ferns of various heights.