MAK­ING A CON­TEM­PO­RARY FOR­MAL GAR­DEN IN A RU­RAL SET­TING

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• Choose trees that will har­monise with the wider land­scape – in this gar­den, the newly planted trees in­clude na­tive oaks, sil­ver birches, field maples and horn­beams (1) to re­flect the sur­round­ing wood­lands, while close to the house are multi-stemmed ame­lanchiers (2). • Keep plant­ing low in front of win­dows so views re­main unim­peded – Andy has used Hakonechloa macra against the house (2), then a nar­row strip of lawn and a bed of ‘Hid­cote’ laven­der to al­low full trans­parency. • Don’t try to com­pete with a great view – how­ever good the plant­ing be­tween the house and the view, the view will al­ways dom­i­nate – and it is main­te­nance-free. But re­mem­ber open sites with good views can be windy so be sure to in­cor­po­rate shel­tered cor­ners. • Plant­ing can be more in­for­mal fur­ther away from the house – in this gar­den, bil­lowy shrubs, in­ter­planted with bulbs and peren­ni­als, lead up to the bound­ary of ma­ture trees. • Keep the ar­chi­tec­tural plant­ing close to the house – here a grid of long rec­tan­gu­lar (3) beds set into paving match the clean, sim­ple lines of the build­ing. • Ma­te­ri­als on paths and ter­races can vary, but should be of the same pal­ette – here there is a tex­tu­ral change from sleek sand­stone (3) on the main path and ter­race to setts (4) and self-bind­ing Bree­don gravel as you move fur­ther away from the house.

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