This grand and slightly gothic Victorian mansion had the bones of a suitably formal garden with rich green Cypress Hedges and double tiered Box Hedges clipped to within an inch of their life. Not really our style, nor that of the energetic young family who purchased the property.
Elements of the existing garden were working functionally and needed to be to be kept to maintain the privacy and scale that they offered.
What it did need was a little looseness, movement and colour to bring some life into the space. When everything is static, there is no sense of change or seasonality, so we removed a tier of hedge to make way for some herbaceous perennials like Salvia ‘Indigo Spires’ and Blue Wave Hydrangeas. Four Crepe Myrtles in vibrant pink were added symmetrically to the lawn and in time will bring a natural feel to the rigid space with their twisted forms.
*No Box Hedges were harmed in the making of this garden. All were safely rehoused and are living a peaceful existence in the country.
The little used sides of the house became gentle garden walks. The meandering step stones lead to the family friendly rear garden.
Here, the garden transitions from period style to a contemporary but natural space. The generous limestone terrace provides ample room for dining and relaxing with a fine steel pergola running overhead to provide summer shade as the Virginia Creeper develops.
Separated by a collection of Japanese Maples, the terrace steps down to the more active part of the garden where the young family can jump for hours on the unground trampoline.
It is a simple elegant garden that transitions seamlessly from it’s historical roots to it’s current modern life.