A Country House Garden
The client wanted to create a terrace area that was large enough to entertain guests, with views from the house over a typical country garden full of lush planting. An existing summerhouse and a few arches, benches and pots were available to re-use, along with an old millstone.
The existing terrace was re-laid, and a slight slope was utilised to create a new sunken terrace in the shelter of the house. The box plants from the old parterre were re-used to edge the terrace and give a sense of maturity. A row of arches subtly encloses the area without compromising the views out to the rest of the garden. In summer these will be covered with roses and other scented climbers. A gravel garden just beyond the terrace includes herbs for the kitchen and leads to the summerhouse.
The summerhouse was repainted and positioned to give views across the lawn to a rose border containing box balls and colourful perennial plants. Four existing metal obelisks and a large metal arch were used here to give height. A bench under the arch looks back towards the summerhouse with its formal garden of box hedges and lollipop topiary. A small copse of silver birch trees behind the summerhouse helps to screen a poorly positioned telegraph pole.
Gravel paths wind around the garden and under another set of arches, allowing all-weather access and connecting together the various seating areas. Shrubs and perennials fill the borders giving colour and interest over an extended period.
Location: Bessingham, Norfolk, NR11
Construction: IFC Landscapes Ltd.
Pictures taken 6 months after completion (planting on-going).