Although this rural property had a lovely area of raised shrub beds surrounding the house, the main garden had only a couple of small planting beds, a drainage issue at the far end, and two enormous heaps of garden rubbish. There was plenty of potential.

The requirement was for a garden which had areas of interest throughout the year, space to satisfy a passion for plants, plenty of seating areas and a design which provided lots of surprises when walking through it.

Initially much of the work comprised clearing significant piles of debris, laying land drains and raising the levels so that the garden no longer sat beneath the surrounding fields. Following this the main hard landscaping features were built. These included a raised pool, long wooden pergola, moon-gate, laburnum tunnel and raised vegetable beds. The design itself was based on circles so paths curved and a circular lawn surrounded the pool area.

The planting beds were slowly filled over the next few years with a mixture of small trees, shrubs and perennials. The Hartley Botanic greenhouse was used to grow annuals, salads and vegetables as well as perennials from seeds and cuttings. Several Clematis and Wisteria were planted to dress the pergolas, obelisks and arches which gave height to the design and bulbs have been planted everywhere, including many snow drops in the lawns.