Chesham Country Garden

My client’s brief:

Create an oasis for bees, butterflies and birds, design cottage garden borders and enhance privacy from the bridleway at the bottom of the garden. Maintain the view of the adjoining fields and remove conifer hedge and replace with beech and mixed native hedging. Abundant cottage garden borders have been created where previously there were lawns, bringing the front garden to life. Lavandula angustifolia ‘Munstead’ have been planted to define the border edges and attract much loved pollinators.

A variety of berrying trees have been planted in the main garden border to provide beautiful leaf colour in the autumn with a feast of fruits and berries for birds.

Innovations: 

To discourage encroaching annual and perennial weeds from entering the garden boundary we installed root barrier into the ground and a fine mesh screening fixed to existing post and rail fencing. The screening sparkles in the sunshine which gives a decorative finish to the boundary. All the timber was jet-washed to bring out its natural honeycomb colouring which blend perfectly with the surrounding countryside.

Seven borders were developed with planting plans to bring diversity and beauty around the garden.
Using Marshall’s ‘Heritage’ pavers we extended the front garden path to create a paved area that would provide easy access to bins and the log store. A large feature pot planted with a beautiful Acer ‘Osakazuki’ with vibrant autumn leaf colour will look stunning against the black timber of the house.

Up-cycling an existing picket fence, jet washed and restored we created a low gated entrance to define the pathway to house, very little but big on cute!

Plants list:

Annuals
Centaurea cyanus (Cornflower)
Foeniculum vulgare (Common Fennel)
Lunaria annua (Honesty)
Papaver rhoeas (Common Poppy)
Briza maxima (Quaking Grass)
 
Bulbs
Crocus ‘Advance
Galanthus elwessii (Snowdrop)
Narcissus ‘Curlew’ (Daffodil)
Hycinthoides non-scripta (Native Bluebell)
Narcissus pseudonarcissus lobularis (Wild Daffodil)
 
Climbers
Clematis armandii ‘Apple Blossom’
Clematis cirrhosa var. balearica (Fern-leaved Clematis)
 
 

Evergreens

Ceanothus arboreus ‘Trewithen Blue’
Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ (Wallflower)
Fatsia japonica
Hebe ‘Midsummer Beauty’
Hebe salicifolia (Willow-leaved Hebe)
 
Hedging plants
Euonymus europaeus (Spindle)
Rosa candida (Dog Rose)
Fagus sylvatica (Common Beech)
Prunus spinose (Blackthorn)
Sambucus nigra (Common Elder)
 
Herbaceous perennials
Angelica gigas (Korean Angelica)
Anemone x hybrida ‘Honorine Jobert’
Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’
Polygonatum x hybridum (Solomon’s Seal)
Dipsacus fullonum (Teasel)
Shrubs
Callicarpa bodinieri var giraldii ‘Profusion’ (Beauty berry)
Chimonanthus praecox var. luteus (Wintersweet)
Cornus sanguinea (Common Dogwood)
Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Diane’ (Witch Hazel)
Lonicera x purpusii ‘Winter Beauty’ (Honeysuckle)
 
 
Trees
Cotoneaster x watereri (Standard)
Malus sylvestris (Crabapple)
Sorbuc aucuparia ‘Sheerwater Seedling’ (Rowan)
Ilex aquifolium (Common Holly)
Ilex aquifolium ‘Argentea Marginata’ (Silver-margined Holly)
 
Roses
Rosa ‘A Shropshire Lad’
Rosa ‘Chandos Beauty’
Rosa ‘De Rescht’
Rosa ‘Ferdinand Pritchard’
Rosa ‘Mitsouko’
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