Some­thing old, some­thing new

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - GREEN SPACES -

in ef­fect be­come a court­yard gar­den with raised beds and cob­ble paths which are set around a mod­ern globe-shaped wa­ter fea­ture in front of a be­spoke light­weight metal per­gola.

Climb­ing roses and Clema­tis are grown over this for scent and colour. An­other wa­ter fea­ture was in­cluded, set within stone arches backed with a con­tem­po­rary mir­ror and re­peated on both sides of the gar­den. The owner ac­tu­ally in­stalled th­ese him­self.

Buxus hedg­ing was cho­sen to cre­ate for­mal­ity and to add win­ter in­ter­est while large dec­o­ra­tive pots were also planted with evergreens: Mag­no­lia gran­di­flora and large Camel­lia. Th­ese are reg­u­larly tended by the own­ers and fed with the cor­rect acidic mix­ture to en­sure healthy growth.

The sides of the gar­den are lined with Pleached Carpi­nus which although not ev­er­green add to the win­ter frame­work with their stately struc­ture. In the sum­mer though, the gar­den is a riot of colour with Del­phinium, Aster, Glad­i­oli and roses. The gar­den works hard, not just in the veg­etable plot but also along the walls and fences on which are trained es­palier ap­ples, pears, cher­ries and plums.

Pebble paths, sand­stone paving and old stock bricks with stone cap­ping cre­ate the sense of a tra­di­tional space but the use of mod­ern wa­ter fea­tures and fur­ni­ture makes this a gar­den that has the best of both worlds and one that will look good for a very long time, es­pe­cially in the ca­pa­ble green fin­gers of the clients.

Kate Gould is an award win­ning gar­den designer for Lon­don and the Home Coun­ties and a regular ex­hibitor at the Chelsea Flower Show. If you would like to know more about her gar­den de­sign ser­vices please con­tact Kate at


Bea­cons­field gar­den, by Kate Gould

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