To create a naturalistic landscape surrounding a large, centrally situated natural swimming pond, and for the garden to take you on a journey along interesting paths leading to areas for entertaining and relaxing with the family.
With a focus on
the garden giving that ‘wow factor’, every idea was developed meticulously to
ensure this was achieved.
Locally sourced Purbeck stone was used
throughout the design. Repeatedly using this material for the dry-stone walls,
the patio and the large boulder seating helped give the garden a natural
The unusual use of the chequered paths that
run around the pond represent the fun side of the garden but they also
complement the stonework.
There are several areas for entertaining in
this garden. On entering, there’s a beautiful hexagonal gazebo and large
cantilevered deck, which is a great place to enjoy the evening sun whilst
watching the Koi carp in the pond. At the opposite end of the garden, is a
raised seating area with a bespoke oak sculpture, which also acts as a privacy
screen and gives a different viewpoint. When the day draws to an end, the
fire-pit with large seats formed by giant Purbeck boulders, is the perfect
place to have a barbecue and keep warm.
Spring and summer flowering perennials
anchored with various shaped topiaries form the planting scheme. Purple Iris
and large white poppies are the highlight in early spring, with drifts of
colourful summer perennials such as salvias and crocosmia blooming soon after.
The pond has large clumps of mature lilies, and is edged with marginal reeds
and other moisture loving plants. A large wild-flower area looks stunning
throughout the summer and attracts bees and other insects to the garden.
Around the perimeter, a number of large trees
and shrubs have been placed to give protection from the elements, and a mixture
of both native and exotic plants complete this tranquil, relaxing garden where
wildlife is encouraged and enjoyed.