A stylish new house constructed from locally quarried Cotswold stone needed a garden to match. We devised a dynamic layout which created various rooms to divide the space up and introduced areas to discover. Focal points around the garden encourage exploration beyond the terrace area.
Road noise and prevailing wind were issues which needed addressing, so we designed a simple water feature whose soothing splash effectively masks the traffic noise. A shelter-belt of trees and hedging filter the wind and ornamental grasses were planted to provide movement in the breeze.
It was important for the garden to be welcoming to wildlife, so a bird-friendly mixed native hedge featuring flowering and fruiting varieties was chosen to mask the perimeter fencing. Pebbles within the water feature give birds a foothold from which to drink. Herbaceous plants provide nectar for insects and long-lasting seed-heads supply more food for birds. A wildflower meadow planted under the trees creates a more relaxed area to sit and nature-watch.
New raised beds filled with lush planting surround a floating cedar bench providing an enclosed and scented nook.
A large vegetable garden with raised oak beds and a National Trust shed is shielded from the rest of the garden by a sweep of beech hedge.
All photos by Laura Burt