A magical new garden was key to our client’s ambitious renovation plans for this exceptional house in East Sussex. Set in grounds of just over one acre – the once featureless garden simply fell away from the house with little to connect the two or draw you outside. A new circular driveway now sweeps around the ancient oak tree to a cool, scented white garden that is both structured and romantic. Concentric rings of yew hedging divide borders brimming with early scented narcissi, alliums, foxgloves, campanula, anemone and more.
The palette explodes in the rear garden as mown paths cut through swathes of wildflowers down to the lake sized pond lined with bulrushes and swirling with goldfish and dragonflies. A water feature Mark designed for the RHS Tatton Park garden show is replicated here at the client’s request and is the central feature of the bamboo garden that now links the front and rear gardens.
The fallen oak tree that once lay in the front garden is now to be enjoyed in the sunken seating area and pond-side benches. Regular visits to this garden have allowed us to collaborate in the continued development and nurture of one of our very favourite gardens.