Insight to On–Site
Dependent on the complexity and scale of a scheme a project may take anything from a few days to more than a year to complete. A path that always starts with the client may travel along site consultations, surveys, planning applications, conceptual design, construction drawings and planting plans before the first stone is laid.
The projects presented on our website really only reveal a snapshot of the journey. So here are a few insights into a project mid-works…
The mature beech hedge planted before Christmas, boundaries the garden and has delivered all that was promised. A natural screen to provide the clients’ required privacy whilst at the same time creating a fresh green foil for the main planting scheme that will gradually fade to gold as the autumn approaches.
In the rear garden the natural stone-work is now complete. Much of the stone is sourced from the local Horsham Stone quarry. Mark has laid the Horsham boulders as a dry-stone wall, enclosing a circular, charcoal grey sandstone terrace – the perfect place for the evening sun and supper with friends.
Oak steps leave the lawn taking you to the fire brazier terrace overlooking the garden and itself overlooked by the bank of bobbing hydrangea Annabelle.
These new levels now take advantage of the large amount of space which was not being utilised due to the slope of the garden and overgrown planting.
In the front garden work begins on the serpentine flint wall that will sweep up the driveway to the house entrance.
All materials have been carefully selected to draw on the property’s period and location using local products and suppliers wherever possible.
Mark’s attention to detail is evident in the architectural form of the sculptural steps leading to the main lawn, the perfect symmetry of the sandstone paving and the limestone mortar flint-work.
The planting scheme is well underway with the new lawns edged with the flowering tufts of stipa tenuissima and pennisetum karly rose, adding movement to the borders as they catch the breeze. Bees and butterflies are drawn into the garden by the newly planted Echinacea and Verbena. Finally the garden begins to be ‘lived in’. Favourite spots are discovered and new perspectives revealed. This is when the garden really begins to come alive. It was Frank Lloyd Wright who said ‘Space is the breath of art’, and it is in the creation of this space, its intervals, transitions and characteristics that the garden begins to breath.