Resurrection of a lost and forgotten formal parterre
This beautiful Grade II listed late medieval property, with parts dating back to the Sixteenth century is set in an idyllic rural location. To the west of the house the original lost and forgotten parterre garden has now being brought back to life. Beds have been reconfigured and replanted with repeat flowering old English roses, amidst waves of Salvia ‘Caradonna’ all contained within low box hedging. Whilst around the central stone water feature a new geometric layout has been designed, creating an uncluttered, airy space with smart steel-edges beds of lavender and thyme and wide gravel paths. Carefully positioned metal obelisks provide height and balance, drawing the eye around the garden. The complimentary planting scheme has delivered a colourful and fragrant garden throughout.
Pleached Carpinus Betulus (hornbeam) create a stunning backdrop to the garden, allowing a degree of privacy while affording glimpses of the hop garden beyond.
The smart new greenhouse works practically alongside a generous new cutting garden that has been developed with seasonal plants, supplying flowers and foliage for the house. Existing apple trees remain in the scheme affording a reminder of the original garden as well as plentiful supplies of fruit.
This garden now serves many purposes:- a calm, sunny dining area on the terrace, a place for evening drinks as well as a great productive garden and a busy haven for pollinators.