Borders make a connection with the grandeur of large country homes.
The informal summer border is a riot of colour, texture and perfume and as it fades, winter seed heads provide feed for birds.
The more formal border is edged with box and columnar conifers to provide structure throughout the year, containing the undulating swathes of colour. A paved mowing edge allows easy mowing.
Heavy shade cast by mature trees requires shade tolerant plants that perform during winter and early spring.
These delightful gardens are a haven of tranquillity all year round, full of birdsong in spring.
Enjoy summer colour and perfume, winter interest and wildlife, seclusion and tranquillity.
Our professional plant-centred approach is based on many years of experience and very high quality plant supply direct from UK producers.
Low maintenance is always our priority so that you enjoy the benefits without the hard work.
Both clients requested low maintenance gardens that reflected the character and style of their modern homes.
The front garden is planted with variegated euonymus rather than the usual box as a contemporary twist. It is shade tolerant and clips easily to shape.
Planted into gravel over a water permeable membrane - no weeding is necessary.
The rear courtyard provides seasonal colour and perfume. Its inter-connected shapes create a form of parterre when viewed from the upper kitchen balcony, and the pergola divides the spaces and offers shade from the sun.
My clients requested a space for entertaining their friends at the gable end of the house.
Stone pergola pillars were constructed to match the house elevations perfectly; the timber cross beams of green oak make a connection with the distant woodland; low walls provide seating.
The steps and paving flow seamlessly from the existing terrace along the front of the house.
Instantly mature plants are available to screen eyesores or exposure to neighbour’s windows and traffic.
The Laurel hedge was planted at an instant 5’ to screen the garden from the road.
Field grown instant hedging is available from our North Yorkshire producer.
My selection of attractive trees, shrubs, climbers and herbaceous plants that provide food and nest sites can create a haven for wildlife in your garden, encouraging a variety of insects, birds, amphibians and mammals.
I can suggest sites for feeding stations, a variety of habitats, shelters, and breeding places. This pond in a low lying part of the garden is a magnet for newts, frogs, dragonflies, and visiting birds.
In larger rural gardens, you can enjoy the delights of a wildflower meadow area – buzzing of bees, colourful butterflies, and the scent of mown hay. Once established, maintenance is very low – just one or two cuts per season.
This small area of wild flower meadow was in flower from April to July to the rapture of my clients and their friends, and attracting a variety of insects
A small rural garden is home to a myriad of birds and is a beautiful space to be in even in winter, with attractive structure shrubs and seed heads reflected in the water.
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