Farmhouse, Essex

A substantial farmhouse in the Essex countryside that the clients wanted to have a Mediterranean feel in its garden design and planting, as well as incorporating a number of their antiques including cathedral mullions and a wonderful Italian well. All to blend down and flow into the farmland and surrounding countryside.

The design was based on a terraced hillside style that would cope with the land’s pre-existing slope. Closest to the house, a terrace was created with fairly formal planting including English Rose and Hydrangea Paniculata. Subsequent terraces evolved more naturally with Rosa Moyesii and grasses leading on to a wildflower meadow and orchard. To flow into the parkland, the terrace ends were formed into sculpted organic tiers termed ‘earth moons’.

The farm pond was extended around the house to create a moat-like entry and was planted with aquatics.