To maximise the potential of the site set in a broad natural landscape. To soften and absorb the elevated house and to marry house to garden. Blessed with a visionary Client of an open and trusting nature I was given a free and un- restricted rein to investigate the potential of the site and to push through concepts and ideas that may daunt some Clients!
The house, a modern mock period dwelling is elevated and sits asymmetrically within the site. The house dominates its surroundings and had little relationship with the existing garden. The design included changing the character of the paved terraces around the house and included re setting levels, steps and the scale of the paved areas. An existing small lake was charming but unkempt and mock period fountain and bridge just had to go! New board walks and cantilevered decks and a water side terrace makes the lake a more integral part of the garden and a new fountain and cascade provide movement and interest. Planting is in big bold sweeps and draws the eye through the garden, creating views and vistas and re establishing a link between house and garden. The planting is contemporary in style. Ornamental grasses with herbaceous perennials and ground cover provide a very soft and comfortable textural picture while blending with the character of the wider landscape. Outside the indoor swimming pool a contemporary water feature consisting of a polished copper cascade and a vertical stone and sedum wall planted out with exotic species. This forms a dramatic sculptural feature that also screens the access drive to the rear.
Natural sandstone is used through out the garden, mixed with gravels and natural stone walling. Plants include Miscanthus, Stipa, Carex and Deschampsia in broad drifts. Herbaceous perennials include Rudbeckia, Aster, Crocosmia, Nepeta, Helenium. Ground cover includes Euphorbia, Heuchera, Helleborous, Viola and Omphaloides while shrubs include Buxus (clipped balls sweeping through the large beds from the top terrace to lower lawns), Perovskia, Philadelphus, Phormium for accent and Roses for colour and scent.