Country garden in France
My original vision was to create a grander entrance to the property
In the first season of planting, the garden really takes off. The growing conditions are excellent here.
Roses, astrantia and irises
A triple hedge of beech, yew and box at different heights are a strong design feature in the garden and a line of pleached limes add privacy from neighbours
Three dimensional image of the design for the rear garden
Sunken firepit - work in progress
The construction of the water rill and planting borders are underway
The terrace has been paved with smooth limestone imported from Belgium and the umbrella trees for the living arbour have been planted
Work in progress but there's still a chance to relax once in a while
Before photo - front garden
Before photo - rear garden
Country house in Northern France
The owners of this large 18th century country house wanted a impactful contemporary but formal garden that made the most of their stunning views. Their brief included various seating options for sun and shade, a firepit, a water feature, a large terrace for entertaining and somewhere they could occasionally play boules. They also wanted a log store and screening from the house next door. My design makes the most of local materials and incorporates topiary, pleached hedging, a living arbour and a parterre.
Construction work has begun. The big challenge is to create a garden that meets the brief for formality but still blends seamlessly into the surrounding countryside. My solution is a marginal garden that bridges the gap between formal and informal. Check back regularly to see how work progresses.