A substantial raised stone terrace wraps around the south facing atrium, linking house and garden. From here the lawns curve gently away, meandering gently towards the woodland stile at the bottom of the garden. Planting is designed to create changing seasonal interest from the very earliest glimpse of white and green in spring, through classic early summer herbaceous borders of gentle blues and purples, to the very last blaze of summer glory with the oranges and yellows of September leading into the fiery colours of autumn.
The ground around a new build house is always a challenge and this garden needed a lot of clearing and preparing, but there are always positives to find too, such as the great beech trees beyond the fence creating a woodland atmosphere at the bottom of the garden and the endearing little stile into the woods. The garden construction went on alongside the house build which required a flexible approach from the landscapers (sometimes called upon to help the builders!) and gave us added responsibilities to meet Building Control requirements. Involvement at this stage had the great benefit that the house and gardens were fully integrated, giving the clients exactly the home they wanted.
"We have no hesitation in recommending both Ivy Maud Design and Greenlands Gardens after the great work they did creating gardens out of the building site of our new-build house. Jayne talked with us to discover our likes and dislikes and then designed us a beautiful garden. Murray and his men worked closely with her to do the heavy work of moving earth, building retaining walls, patios, steps, paths and fencing. Not only were they sensitive to our taste and each other’s work but there was always a pleasant, friendly atmosphere. They are excellent at what they do and a pleasure to have around. We had thought that we might be able to plan and install a garden ourselves but we're so glad we didn’t try. It’s great to have experienced professionals who do an amazing job"Cora and Iain McDonald, Rumbling Bridge