This is a large Cambridge town house. The brief was to create a visually stimulating garden with a pond, large grass area for children’s games and a generous entertaining space.
The design is anchored around a mature, specimen tree with spaces radiating out from it. A large Indian sandstone patio stretches the length of the house with wrap around steps leading down into the garden. The foot of the wall is planted with semi mature box hedging which will be encouraged to grow above the paving height to create a green, low balustrade.
A circular bed flows around the specimen tree with a mixture of evergreen and deciduous herbaceous perennials and grasses. All the flowers have been chosen carefully to encourage maximum wildlife interest and to be visually stimulating. Many of the plants selected have been inspired by the Dutch plantsman Piet Oudolf. A wooden path flows around one side of the tree over a wildlife pond with driftwood pieces rising out of the water.
At the back of the pond is a large viewing deck for looking into the water or sunbathing. It is nestled into a dense grouping of bamboos and is an excellent position to sit and enjoy the views of the garden. The lawn wraps around the other side of the tree to give a generous area for children’s games. The boundaries are enclosed with fencing and planted with shallow shrub borders in front.
The garden benefits from a mature copse of hazels at the end and majestic old lime trees in the gardens beyond. This gives the garden a wonderful sense of maturity and grounding in its location.