Formal Walled Garden
The house was built in the 18th Century as a three story-town house - the gardens were bigger than they are now and extended around part of the Abbey. In c.1920 the then owner gave a proportion of the grounds to the Abbey leaving a self-contained nearly square garden, enclosed by a brick wall.
When we were asked to design the garden we were presented with a blank canvass. The property was in the process of being transformed from a commercial building into a private house again. The architects, Crafted Architecture, handled the complexities of the transformation which included an impressive extension at the back to provide a large kitchen and hall and to reinstate the orangery.
The aspect from these principal rooms were the starting point for our garden design dictating views, vistas and style. We used lots of clipped topiary at different levels to reinforce the formality and these structural plants wrap themselves around regular shapes to create different rooms.
The garden is separated into three spaces intersected by paths, views and vistas and highlighted with topiary.
This image shows a glimpse of the circular lawn which sits in front of the new orangery. The Abbey, sits comfortably in the landscape - the natural stone terrace a seamless extension to the medieval aesthetic.
The central feature is the Avenue. Clipped evergreen trees are positioned either side of a generous path leading to the house. This part of the garden is enclosed with low growing evergreen hedging plants, yew spheres provide a strong rhythm and during the summer lavender coloured balls from Allium Millennium appear like popsicles inbetween the topiary.
One Year On...
It has been a joy to watch the garden mature over the last year and to continue maintaining the densely planted boarders, topiaries and circular lawns.
How we got there
Building the garden was done during 2022. We used a crisp hard limestone for the terraces and a natural sustainable material for the paths. All the borders were edged in metal strips. The planting was themed in blues, white and soft pink.