Renovation and development of gardens surrounding an historic house on the edge of the town, an ongoing project with distinct areas each with their own challenges: kitchen garden, woodland walk, family garden, tropical garden and back garden, driveway and formal front garden.
To transform the current access via a narrow path across a muddy lawn to provide a welcoming and colourful approach, retaining impressive Magnolia after which the house was named.
Having reworked the back garden of this 1980’s detached estate house 5 years previously, the owners wanted to update the front to more accurately reflect their tastes and be individual within the estate setting.
The old thatched cottage fronts onto a busy main road, so parking is at the rear and the main route for visitors is through a gate into the back garden. The client requested a smarter and more distinctive approach whilst retaining the family friendly function for his small girls and mad spaniel.
More of a planting renovation than a redesign, the client asked for help to bring back the colour to the three separate gardens surrounding his manor farmhouse which had become neglected and overrun with perennial weeds during the years spent bringing up their children.
A site sloping steeply to a brook, with views over open countryside framed by ancient willows. A tempting proposition, but the new owners found the site unmanageable and an extension proved the catalyst for finding a long term solution, blurring the boundaries between garden and beyond.
Built 20 years ago and owned since new, the owners are hoping to spend more time in the garden as they near retirement so felt that it needed a complete overhaul, trees and shrubs had outgrown their spaces, it was time to let in more light and introduce some colour and structure.
Originally two plots divided by a towering mature hedge, the existing garden once well stocked was now overrun and overpowered by numerous large trees and self sown sycamore saplings.