For this working farm in Hampshire, we worked in collaboration with Ian Adam Smith Architects and RW Armstrong to develop a new garden for the restored and extended listed property. There was no evidence of a previous garden layout, so our approach was to work with the historic layers of the property.
To the front of the house modern outbuildings were removed revealing the handsome, ancient barns. New native hedges, shrubs and trees were planted to screen the road and a new drive designed to meander around the new planting. A formal raised garden was also created to help unify the rambling nature of the front facade.
The beauty of an old granary that had stood out of view was enhanced by framing it with wildflowers, plantings of Lilacs, Box and Viburnums and a Rambling Rector Rose, to create a timeless, English garden atmosphere.
To the rear, the garden was divided by an old brick boundary wall. On one side was the rambling 17th Century portion of the house and on the other the more formal, 18th Century extension. We extended this wall towards the house to allow us to work with the different facades.
On the formal side, the wall was designed to wrap around a herb garden through which ornamental metal gates were introduced. Connected to this, we introduced a terrace constructed from reclaimed Yorkstone and framed with a grove of pollarded Tillia platyphyllos ‘Rubra’ (Red-twigged Lime trees) and a sunken parterre. The new formal garden was enclosed on one side by Yew hedging and on the other by the old wall. Long, deep herbaceous borders edge the lawn to provide a lovely summer view from the terrace.
A mature Sweet Chestnut tree was turned into the centrepiece of a raised circular lawn. Planting beneath is designed to connect the garden to the countryside, by use of ornamental grasses, mixed with varieties of native plants, such as, white Foxgloves, native Ferns, Anthriscus ‘Raven’s Wing’, Violas and Pulmonarias.
On the other side of the old wall a ‘family lawn’ and more informal terrace were created, bordered by a recessed, scented Rose garden. Two avenues of Prunus ‘Pandora’ extend the view between the two gardens and lead towards a native wildflower meadow.
The introduction of an orchard and ‘Pictorial’ flower meadow to the west side of the house has helped preserve the sense of the old farm, creating a relaxed, romantic atmosphere. It is now a haven for insect and bird-life.
More recently, we secured planning approval for a new swimming pool which has been successfully integrated into the gardens. We continue to advise on the management of the gardens.