Elizabethan Manor House Garden

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Project: Elizabethan Manor House Garden

Skills: Landscape Design, Garden Design

This Manor’s garden had a narrow terrace with steps up to an area of lawn that had little focus or floral interest.

The clients wished for a larger area for outside dining and to look out onto an interesting and pretty country garden.

Sue created a design and planting scheme that would merge the traditional house with the rural fields beyond. A much larger terrace was built and constructed in riven York stone, the upper garden was retained by a new brick wall and softened with overhanging plants. The surrounding lawn borders were enhanced with plantings of roses, penstemon, lavender, euphorbia, iris, sedums, geraniums and low grasses to blend with the fields. An existing pathway was re-laid and flanked to add vertical accent with a rustic pergola providing a pretty rose and honeysuckle covered walkway. A small lion’s head fountain was built into the terrace walls to give sound and reflection. Overhanging geraniums and large terracotta pots filled with seasonal plants soften the terrace walls.

This pretty traditional garden now has plenty of room for entertaining and gives wonderful views over the colourful flowering borders to the fields beyond.

What the clients said

When we decided to undertake a make-over of our garden we asked Sue Adcock to produce a design and we are very happy that we did.  She listened to what we wanted and produced an imaginative design for a garden in keeping with its surroundings.  The replanting work was carried out without a hitch and the garden has matured into a delightful place for entertaining, it is a constant source of enjoyment for the both of us.


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