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Traditional heritage - Richmond

The client, John Hardy, says ‘Absolutely thrilled with the finished garden. Very impressed with the overall design and extensive planting knowledge! ’

We Say - from the outset of this project it was felt absolutely essential that the garden reflected the age and style of the historic house it adorned.

The challenge of a long thin garden that sloped considerably from house down to garage was tackled by creating three seperate terraces, each with its own character and taking advantage of its natural position on the slope

The top terrace nearest the house had the most natural light so this was the place for the English style garden. A Yorkstone patio was built with old stone trough planters leading onto a dead flat lawn with borders traditionally planted with cottage style shrubs, climbers and perennials

The second terrace was down wide Yorkstone steps and dominated by a mature self-sown Cherry tree. This level would be more Italianate in style with a classical stone pond and fountain at its centre. Again Yorkstone flags to pave the whole terrace and flat stone pedestals with old stone pots

The lower terrace has more ‘wrap around’ Yorkstone steps that have a more relaxed feel. Loosely planted borders in semi-shade help to increase the feeling of privacy here. The lawn is softened with a ribbon of stone in a cartouche shape leads you round the planted beds and through the ornate wooden arch to the garage at the bottom.