Rural gardens are quite often large and form the grounds of period homes. They may belong to a country cottage or a listed building.
Larger gardens provide an opportunity to explore how to divide the grounds into separate rooms which may include formal gardens, utility and storage areas, vegetable plots, woodland, orchards, wildflower meadows and ponds, along with leisure facilities such as swimming pools and tennis courts.
Without delineation, large gardens can feel exposed and become expansive areas of lawns with scrubby boundaries. These are difficult to maintain and never reach their full potential.
Rural country properties usually have views of the surrounding landscape and even if this isn’t the case the garden design needs to sit comfortably within in its rural setting. Careful design can ensure that the boundaries of the garden blur with the surrounding countryside, using borrowed views and echoing the shapes of fields and woodlands beyond the garden.
Gardens belonging to a period property should be sympathetic to the style of the building and this may require research into the history of the site and garden. This doesn’t mean an Arts & Crafts house can’t have a modern contemporary garden, it just requires considerate design to blend the two styles.
Large sites can have several different micro climates and soil profiles providing the perfect opportunity for planting to have different themes with areas of special interest at certain times of the year such as ‘Snowdrop Walk’, Spring Garden, Hot Tropical Border etc. In a large garden there needs to be plenty of rest points, and routes to lead you through the space.
Large projects can take several years to complete and will evolve over time. An overall design at the beginning of the project can help steer the phases of the works and keep control of the budget.