Low Maintenance Country Garden in the New Forest
Hidden away in 25 acres of mature woodland, this lovely old character property has been completely renovated; open fires, family kitchen with aga and squashy sofas, all with views of the garden.
Design and build a terrace with a path extending around the house, screen the parking area, low maintenance garden with all-year interest. Old timbers removed from the house to be re-used in the garden if possible, as the property holds childhood memories for the current owner.
The size of the terrace was designed not only to accommodate the number of occupants but also, to look comfortable and in proportion with the size of the building. Incorporating curves as well as straight lines in the shape, helps to ease and blend the formality of the house with the natural surroundings of the paddock and woodland. A customised wild flower and grass seed mix was sown along the boundary of the lawn and paddock, to link the two together.
Box balls with low box edging define the borders – quick and easy to maintain – mixed with Lavender Hidcote , Allium Purple Sensation, Brunnera Jack Frost, Ceratostigma willmottianum, Stachys, Euphorbias, Gaura, Schizostylis and masses of tulips and tete a tetes. The wonderful little daisy, Erigeron karvinskianus, has been planted where it will tumble onto the sandstone paving and soften the edges, happily flowering from March to November.
Different grasses were used to give some movement and winter structure – Stipas, Pennisetum, Anemanthele and Hakonechloa. Trachelospermum jasminoides and Sarcococca for evergreen scent.
Timbers from the house were used to retain a low bank and the slim, Hornbeam hedge which screens the cars.
There are ideas to re-use the timber of the old felled, ash tree, to make a seat.