Our clients have a wonderful house in a secluded location in rural Oxfordshire. The garden was slightly overgrown when we fist visited and more or less a blank canvas facing south west, overlooking a paddock and bordered by a stream. With the stream on the border of the property the lower half of the garden can be prone to flooding, so a part of the brief was to create bunds around the lowest portion of the garden to help prevent this. A natural pond garden, planting, structure and new features were all required to bring more form to this delightful setting.

A view from the terrace down the walkway to the garden room.

 A view from the pond

A view from the pond

The re-design incorporates a natural pond and arbour in a perfectly situated corner beneath a group of beautiful silver birches; a new pergola walkway leading from the existing terrace to a new garden room which has been sited to make the most of the views, large, newly defined areas for planting and reconfigured perimeters.

The property has an existing fruitful orchard which extends into the paddock and is bounded by a post and rail fence to keep apple hungry horses at bay; our mission here was to integrate this into the overall flow of the space which we have achieved with mown paths through long grass sections and a beautiful Malus 'Rudolph' added as a visual focal point.

 An artistic impression of the view back from the orchard.

An artistic impression of the view back from the orchard.

The pictures below show the garden both before work started and during the works with the rather wet conditions which hit us during the build. The ground was very heavy clay which made planting challenging at times and there were times when the diggers and machinery were doing more damage than good so these were banished from site for a while, holding up progress.

Just over a year on from completion and the garden is looking fantastic. The new pond sits beautifully and naturally in its environment, the oak structures both draw the eye and provide new places to sit or potter, the lawn has taken shape and the planting is looking abundant and bountiful.