The garden of this lovely Georgian rectory in Dorset is large but sits at the top of a hill which drops off quite steeply. This topography left us with the challenge of rather a tight and oddly shaped footprint for the formal area by the house. Our response was to create a ‘D’ shaped lawn, framed with curved borders, beyond which everything is about a gentle visual transition back into the woodlands, so that the garden ‘borrows’ the landscape and has the sense of extending further than it actually does. We used very traditional English garden plants; lots of roses and lots of topiary, using clipped copper beech in particular, to bring in an element of the contemporary. The simple, curved grass steps connect the lawn level in a very gentle way to a terrace that’s made of limestone chippings. In this limestone surface, we planted a multitude of traditional ‘English rectory plants’, all of which have period associations. This hazy mass of plants right by the formal front door creates a wonderful sense of softness, which engages you with the garden the moment you step out from the house.
I am in love with this garden, particularly the randomly planted groupings by the front door. The gravel area in my backyard is looking too sparse so this is great inspiration to plant some random mounds here and there to break up the space. They almost look like they’re floating. Love that. Designed by Arne Maynard. (Photos: Britt Willoughby Dyer)
This home designed by a. Naber Design is a little bit modern, a tad Scandinavian, has some organic elements and is as bright as can be. It’s so cohesive and very much current and fresh for today’s lifestyle. 2 thumbs up on this project. Photography: Charlotte Lea
This garden in Ravenscourt Park was neglected and unloved when its owners moved in, consisting of a shabby lawn and a couple of scruffy shrubs but two promising trees – a Magnolia and an Apple tree. The garden has evolved over the years with structural Buxus pyramids later being replaced with Taxus baccata. The introduction of a Wildflower meadow with a winding path was later reconfigured bringing an abundance of wildlife.
The garden of landscape designer Butter Wakefield is simple yet an absolute delight and so pleasing to the eye. Inspiration folder material for sure. (Photography: Clive Nichols / Ellie Walpole / Simon Brown)
Meikle Wartle Manor is a 12th century castle located in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. It is stunning inside and out, with some questionable decor but not bad all around. It features 8 bedrooms (4 with ensuites), a walled garden and is available as a holiday let here. I’d love to get my hands on this one to decorate to my heart’s content. 🙂