Medium-sized country garden

Following complete refurbishment of this house and terrace in Hampshire, the garden had been levelled and new topsoil brought in, creating a blank canvas. 

To the east a native mixed hedge had been planted, but until this established itself gave an open view to fields.  The main garden design priorities were to create a new layout with completely new planting that would not require too much time and effort to maintain, and would cope with exposure to the east wind until the hedge grew in.

The layout of the new terrace included a central opening onto the garden, but I wanted to avoid putting in a central path, which would have dissected the garden and created a symmetrical and rather formal layout.  There were also three manhole covers right in the middle of the garden, which I wanted to disguise.  So, instead I oriented the path at 45° to the terrace and ran it up to the NE corner, so that my client could easily access her dog walk and the manhole covers could be hidden in the path and borders.  This arrangement created generous triangular beds, which were then planted with shrubs and perennials, positioned to make the best of the morning and evening light.  

To the front of the property was a generous gravel parking area.  I introduced a border to each side to provide interest and screening.  To the side was a long narrow border, which was retained with recycled railway sleepers and planted up with a simple scheme of Nepeta ‘Six Hills Giant’, Miscanthus ‘Starlight’ and Hebe 'rakaiensis' to provide interest all year.

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