Sculpture Garden Oxfordshire

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Lovers of contemporary sculpture, the owners of this Cotswold property wished to create in their grounds, gardens, each with their own selected work of art as a focal point to create dramatic impact. Each garden to be softened with planting that compliments the individual art pieces.

The Rill Garden. The conservatory overlooks this elegant garden with a central rill that draws the eye over the water towards a still pond which reflects a stunning white sculpture in the form of a reclining maiden. In late spring, white tulips and purple alliums light up the structured borders, followed on with an abundance of lavender, shrub roses and perennials with graceful hydrangea paniculata extending the season.

The White Garden. A garden to meander through with a natural edge of woodland theme enhanced with a muted palette of greens, whites, limes and creams, punctuated with skimmia and choysia for an evergreen backdrop. The softly curved borders have continuous flowering throughout the seasons. A glorious Cornus controversa umbrella tree is the sentinel of the garden and in a linked courtyard a splendid Japanese acer sits in a contemporary planter to soften the space.

Swimming Pool Garden. The existing terraces were extended to provide a good area for the family to relax by the pool and borders have been planted to give maximum interest during the summer months. A cool, stone torso nests in the central border. For contrast, splashes of colourful flowers including buddleia, iris, penstemon, euphorbia, salvias and sedum brighten the space, whilst domed variegated pittosporum provide structure and symmetry.

Parterre Rose Garden. Leading out from the pool through timber gates, you enter this garden of contrast. Encased with eleganus hedging and Cotswold stone walls, paths were created to lead to a central contemporary steel sculpture brought from the owners previous property. Framing the sculpture, multi-stemmed Malus toringo trees bring spring blossom to the garden before it bursts into a mass display of burnt orange roses, under-planted with a carpet of blue geraniums.

Prairie Garden. Huge corten steel pears dominate above sweeps of graceful grasses, interspersed with dazzling bold swaves of perennials, enriched with orange and bronze flowers that glow in the evening light. Autumn breezes add movement and winter frosts give fabulous structure until a wonderful display of bulbs take over in the spring. Graceful steel edged pathways cut through the planting with low benches providing a place to sit and contemplate the vision.

The Lake. A major project was to form a small lake in the foreground of the property to create impact on arrival. Reflections of the sky expand the space to give an air of calm and serenity. Set amongst a bed of iris and reeds, a minimalistic curved sculpture adds dimension, whilst a central fountain brings drama and movement. Lush planting fills the banks with a backdrop of dog woods and acers for winter colour, all viewed from a seating deck nestling in the reeds.

This garden offers a wonderful experience to wander through a landscape of changing moods, each with its own particular charm.