Sue Gilbert - Gardens by Design

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The Country House Garden

A lovely old property set in spacious grounds; the house having undergone extensive refurbishment. The clients now wanted a garden to reflect the property; having worked for these clients at their previous home, it was important to deliver a result that met their passion for gardening. The garden was constructed and planted over several phases and around 5 years in total. It is professionally maintained in addition to the clients input; this allows for extensive and formal planting.

An extensive garden on 3 levels that sweeps around the house. An old swimming pool to be replaced.An extensive garden on 3 levels that sweeps around the house. An old swimming pool to be replaced.

The house has lots of character and cried out for an driveway with impact.The house has lots of character and cried out for an driveway with impact.

Knowing how much my clients love their garden this large lawn area was to become a new formal garden.Knowing how much my clients love their garden this large lawn area was to become a new formal garden.

Landscaping done, this is the new swimming pool with over sized pots and planting to frame the area.Landscaping done, this is the new swimming pool with over sized pots and planting to frame the area.

The old outbuilding has been sensitively restored and now houses the new pool system.The old outbuilding has been sensitively restored and now houses the new pool system.

In the formal garden pots soften the patio areas. Nepeta 'Walkers Low' flowers for long periods.In the formal garden pots soften the patio areas. Nepeta 'Walkers Low' flowers for long periods.

The young Buxus hedging forms circles that link the planting areas to the main water feature; these in time reach 300mm high.The young Buxus hedging forms circles that link the planting areas to the main water feature; these in time reach 300mm high.

Deep borders with mixed foliage and flowering impact from Alchemilla mollis; Delphiniums and Lupins.Deep borders with mixed foliage and flowering impact from Alchemilla mollis; Delphiniums and Lupins.

This border has differing contrasts of deep reds and silvers; achieved through foliage and flowers.This border has differing contrasts of deep reds and silvers; achieved through foliage and flowers.

A view of the now restored house from the far end of the formal garden. The patio doors allow access to a new patio and this garden.A view of the now restored house from the far end of the formal garden. The patio doors allow access to a new patio and this garden.

Another view of the main border.Another view of the main border.

The wall that supports the large grass area to the front of the house. Clipped mounds of Santolina act to frame the edge.The wall that supports the large grass area to the front of the house. Clipped mounds of Santolina act to frame the edge.

A formal central bed with clipped Buxus and roses and a beautiful sundial.A formal central bed with clipped Buxus and roses and a beautiful sundial.

The giant water feature in the formal garden with variegated Acers in the background.The giant water feature in the formal garden with variegated Acers in the background.

Whispy and soft grasses and vertical soft flowering plants add movement.Whispy and soft grasses and vertical soft flowering plants add movement.

In the furthest upper corner of the garden is the formal Potager garden. In the furthest upper corner of the garden is the formal Potager garden.

It is completely enclosed as both deer and rabbits can be a challenge here. It is completely enclosed as both deer and rabbits can be a challenge here.

The formal garden in winter still showing interest and structure. The formal garden in winter still showing interest and structure.