Set in the beautiful rolling hills of Somerset, the client brief was to create a contemporary rural garden with soft but geometric design features. It was also important to preserve views to the landscape beyond. A mixture of traditional and contemporary design elements was therefore required: cows come right up to the boundary fence while the house, a barn conversion, is minimal and modern in style. The garden is splashed in sunshine therefore the client’s desire for herbaceous borders could be met with relative ease.
Rectangular lawns give a formal air and frame long herbaceous borders of exuberant colour and texture combinations: the sensational deep purple of Salvia nemerosa and Nepeta racemosa ‘Walkers Low’ contrast with the brilliant orange Crocosmia x crocosmia ‘George Davison’, the elegant sprays of Heuchera ‘Chocolate Ruffles’, and the shimmering Molinia caerulea ‘Transparent’. Combined with a controlled palette of other plants, movement and interest are brought to the space with grace and poise. Along the perimeter of the garden where the cultivated garden meets the wider landscape, more grasses and wildflowers are integrated. Throughout, the garden exudes colour and catches late afternoon light. Contemporary timber pergolas add structural interest to the garden, framing paths and forming focal points.