We met our clients at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2015. Since then, we have been working together as a team on sensitive interventions and improvements to their breath-taking Italianate garden. Designed in the first half of the twentieth century by the clients’ predecessors, the garden is a charismatic combination of the Italianate and Arts and Crafts. House and garden sit seamlessly in the Stour valley.
Initially, we were asked to review the whole garden: structure and planting.
Ideas have been inspired by the garden itself. We have discussed making improvements, such as introducing avenues into the parkland beyond and installing a miroir d’eau in the old tennis court. In the meantime, we have been working on replanting the deep shrub and herbaceous borders and rejuvenating the rose garden.
In November 2016 we cleared the shrub borders surrounding the main lawn, introduction silvery and variegated flowering shrubs along with roses and hydrangeas against the backdrop of the imposing Yew hedge. In the rose garden, dug out and cleared, we added much-needed, but soft structure, with eight Pyrus salicifolia ‘Pendula’ and quartets of minty-coloured Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Golf Ball’.
In spring 2017 we replanted the rose garden, using historical, fragrant varieties blended with repeat-flowering David Austin English Roses. The shrub borders were enhanced by herbaceous perennials and ornamental grasses. The main herbaceous border has been completely replanted with a palate of purples, rich burgundies and zingy greens.
Work on a miroir d’eau with pleached hornbeam is due to begin in Autumn 2018.
Works have been carried out and maintained by DTaylor Landscapes.