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.

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