English country retreat garden

English country retreat garden

English country retreat garden

English country retreat garden

This peaceful garden of an Edwardian house is set on the edge of an old village, deep in the Essex countryside. It makes the perfect home coming, country retreat for a couple who live and work most of the year in the middle East.

The design brief:

  • Low maintenance
  • Planting to suit a woodland garden
  • Large patio for entertaining
  • Pond with a statue
  • Raised bed around a large tropical palm tree
  • Pathway around the garden
  • Maximum lawn area
  • Irregation
  • Lighting
  • High fencing to enclose the garden on all sides

Our couple wanted special attention given to several mature and unusual trees which previous owners of this garden have treasured and looked after since Edwardian times.

Pond with a statue

Pond with statue

Pond with statue

The lady  cups her hands to catch a spray of water from the pond fountain.

Looks like bronze

Bronze statue

Bronze statue

The material that the lady is made of looks like a metal or bronze. I saw her in a local reclamation yard and when it came time to collect her I sent two burly landscapers and a large van. She is however made from fibreglass and I felt rather silly when one of the guys lifted her up with one hand to place her in the van!

Raised bed around the Trachycarpus

The lady sits on the edge of the raised bed, built in brick, that we designed to go around the Trachycarpus (hardy fan palm)

Brick wall around a trachycarpus

Brick wall around a trachycarpus

The patio is built on different levels in sandstone, cobbles and gravel.

Sandstone and gravel patio

Sandstone and gravel patio

Planting in gravel

Planting in gravel

Plants at the edge of the path

Plants at the edge of the path

The sand stone that we used arrived in large crates from the middle east, then we edged each level in brick. On the lower level we used cobbles and shingle so that we could use plants to soften the transition from hard paving to planting beds and lawn.

We used the same cobbles for the woodland path

The woodland path

The woodland path

Natural curves of the circular woodland path

Path taking the lawn out to the mature trees

Path taking the lawn out to the mature trees

The woodland path is a naturally curving shape. It follows the edge formed by taking the lawn out as far as possible to the big trees.

Tulips under the trees

Tulips under the trees

Shady corner under the trees

Shady corner under the trees

Looking back to the house

Looking back to the house

Looking back to the house

Tea on the terrace

Tea on the terrace

Photo shoot for a national magazine of an English country retreat garden

Garden photos for a magazine

Garden photos for a magazine

I took these photos while a professional photographer was taking pictures of the garden for a national gardening magazine during the first spring following the building of the garden.

Setting up the camera

Setting up the camera

English country retreat garden

Landscaping by Ross Stothard at landscapegardeningessex.com

Please contact me if you would like a design for your garden starting with a free garden design consultation.

Happy gardening

Wendy

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