Garden Design near Chipping Norton – a complete garden makeover
Often new build homes have a high specification for the house but the budget has been blown when it comes to the outside space. However, in this case, our clients got in touch with us prior to the house even being built. This is an ideal scenario, as we can help advise on hard and soft landscaping whilst the building is taking place. It is the very best time to be planning for the plants.
The initial contact was from the project manager who was overseeing the whole build. He wanted a local company to carry out the landscaping. We thought it was a splendid location with plenty of potential to provide some fabulous planting to enhance the surrounding landscape. To include trees, such as ornamental cherries for the drive, as well as hedging for screening, edging for paths, such as Buxus (Box) and Lavender. besides a plan for the walled garden. The emphasis was on low maintenance using trees as much as possible to great effect and sowing areas for grass.
This imposing home, overlooking the beautiful Cotswolds countryside required a bold design to complement the home and the surrounding environment. Above all it is a family home to be enjoyed by several generations.
Our vision for the garden
The first task was to produce drawings, which, as this is such a large garden were broken down into different areas or ‘rooms’ in the larger space. The key to a good design is to make the garden fit the surrounds. It is about developing the relationship with the garden to its setting. In this case, the garden has to provide a transition from the beautiful rolling Cotswold Hills to a more formal style near the house.
The planting schemes that Emma produced, carefully married the formality nearer the home, using pleached trees and topiary to a more informal style of tree planting on the approach to the house and the meadows beyond. It is a wonderful blend of informal formality and perfectly matches the character of the house.