Cheshire Country Garden

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Project: Cheshire Country Garden

Location: Cheshire

Skills: Garden Design, Landscape Design

This garden is set in countryside and protected from the prevailing winds by hedges and trees, most of which had become overgrown and leggy, providing little shelter.

Laid mostly to lawn the large garden only had a few borders, which were congested with perennials and a few shrubs. In the main lawn there were a couple of tired rose beds.

The client brief for this garden was to create an area for outside dining, including a summer house, and a space that was more visually interesting and colourful. They specifically wanted their statue incorporated in a prominent position near to the house.

To begin with, a number of old hedges were removed and replanted, and a partially hidden crazy paving path that encircled the garden was re-laid. Adjacent to the lounge and using some beautiful reclaimed York stone a large terrace was constructed with steps leading to a new oak summer house. Following on from this Sue created a small Italian garden enclosed with an oak pergola trained with climbing roses and clematis and included borders punctuated with box cones and lavender bushes. She placed the statue in the centre of a new rose garden, bordered by a low level stone wall. On the other side a central pathway was constructed, leading out from the house to the end of the garden this was flanked with mature variegated holly cones to add division and winter interest.

Borders were planted on each side of the path with masses of heather for spring, and geraniums for summer colour. The original borders at the far end of the garden were dug up, extended, and replanted with shrubs and perennials, accents of apricot and purple flowers, and foliage to bring a new freshness and striking contrast to the more formal layout. Sue planted the garden with an abundance of tulips, narcissus, grape hyacinths and snow drops for a wonderful spring carpet of flowers.

This delightful garden now provides the owners with a large terrace for entertaining, a lovely summerhouse in which to relax, garden rooms linked with pathways to wander along flanked with stately evergreens, colourful shrubs and lush perennials.

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