Something old, something new
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