Category Archives: country house landscape

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Flood garden now complete

We have enjoyed very much working with our lovely clients on a garden for a flood plain. The existing space around the house was flat and uninteresting and needed some depth and maturity of planting to get around the feeling of a padi flied. The new build house needed some softening, and there was a need for some raised level parking to allow access to the house over a walkway when flooded as it floods up to 1m in depth. The brick structure around the treatment plant (see below) was also a complete eyesore that needed screening, as did the neighbour’s sheds.

From this….

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To this….

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From this ….

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To this…

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From this…..

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To this…

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Check out our wonderful HUGE mulberries…

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And the new “breeze House” on top of the treatment plant

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Its a lovely garden- very proud of everyone and grateful to our clients for letting us create something so unusual.

 

Inverewe garden visit

I visited earlier this week the fabulous gardens at Inverewe on the west coast of Scotland. This gem of a garden, now owned by the National Trust for Scotland, is a true delight. Originally planted in the 1880’s on a barren coastal stretch, it is now a lush and inspirational landscape. It holds the National Collection of Rhododendron barbatum ( see some images below) and features many magnificent plants that are typically not fully hardy in the UK even “down south”

The highlights for me are hard to separate between the most wonderful specimen turkey oak (Quercus cerris Argentovariegata)

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…..and a whole host of amazing wetland and shady planting …

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Sublime pond planting is really striking, and of course the Rhododendron barbatum specimens which were breathtaking!

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The terraces adjacent to the sea are stunning, with large hedging for windbreaks higher up…

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This all protecting the upper terraces from the Atlantic winds…

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I am really jealous of the Echiums which I have barely managed to overwinter in a sheltered Buckinghamshire garden- yet these look fabulous here..

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Many other treasures- iris in particular, and simply wonderful clumps of ferns and gunnera

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Watch this space for some more photos…

Lovely garden to show off!

I am delighted to show some images (kindly taken for us on a better day than today by the lovely Judith) of a recent collaboration in Buckinghamshire. Our client asked us to design a warm and attractive setting for their home in Chalfont Heights that was undergoing some major renovations. Our friend Waseem Malik of GA Constructions has completed an incredible makeover of the house, and then moved into the garden to build the design that we created with our clients. With some amazing bespoke garden buildings, a delightful central brick “petal parterre” and lawns and paths to lead you into the garden this completes a thorough transformation, making great use of the surrounding woodland and some existing mature trees.

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With a simple frontage and driveway to work with an upgraded garage we just needed some structure for the front. We found some lovely standard ilex trees and planted them last week.

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Congratulations to all involved, not least our clients who have planted the garden themselves really beautifully- it is not only a stunning garden but has been a lovely journey and the results speak for themselves.

It’s a gold!

We are delighted to say that we were awarded a gold medal for our RHS Hampton Court flower show garden. Even better, we were also awarded the best in class medal for the best Summer Garden. This in the most competitive category in the show-we could not be more pleased. My personal thanks to every single member of the extended Cool Gardens team, contractors, suppliers and clients. Alex our photographer was with us yesterday for press day and a few of his images are below.

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Classic country house

I was recently asked to revisit one of our old friends and clients in Hurley. The landscaping has now had a chance to settle and the new build house ( completed a year or so ago) is already beginning to settle into the fantastic countryside. The brief was for elegance and simplicity, to incorporate a large koi pond and provide appropriate access and screening to the house without closing off the views. We think this has been very successful.

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