Great Braxted, Essex
“Freddy has demonstrated his inspiration and design skill to create a ready-made garden for us. Our friends cannot believe how established it looks after only a few months. We are delighted. The colours exactly match what we imagined and more, the variety of plants and grasses provides a delightful view, and the scent is heavenly. Thank you. ” Charles Bishop
Sunken Knot Garden
Our clients’ home, a seventeenth-century hunting lodge, is set in the beautiful Essex countryside. An inherited swimming pool from previous owners was rather unhappily positioned close to the house and our clients’ main living space. Our brief was to either renovate or remove the pool. After careful consideration and much concept work, we decided to remove the pool and create a sunken garden in its stead.
Inspired by the property’s history, we created a formal space with a double knot garden at its centre. Our clients love formal gardens and travel. We blended the Jacobean knot with Italianate drama. The knot was to be surrounded by recycled York Stone paving, and generous planting beds. We aimed to create intimacy, and seasonal interest. Views across the countryside were framed by fastigiate Taxus.
A striking garden. From the kitchen/dining room, the knot is viewed across a deep border of herbaceous planting. Ornamental grasses are blended with roses and Agapanthus in antiqued shades of blue and dusky pink. A second Taxus hedge divides the two tiers of planting. The lower tier combines beared Iris, Pennisetum alopecuroides, Achilleas and geraniums. Outsize Fagus sylvatica (Beech) beehives punctuate the cross-axis. Weeping and early-flowering ornamental pears (Pyrus nivalis and Pyrus salicifolia ‘Pendula’) are planted both within and beyond the boundaries of the space, blending it into the garden beyond.
Future plans: forecourt rationalisation, Rose Garden.
The build was masterfully carried out by Stewart Landscape Construction.