Walnut Tree Farm, Suffolk

A beautiful Suffolk farmhouse in the heart of the rural countryside that has recently been restored. Originally there was a vast expanse of driveway owing to the need for regular car access to the annexe and barns. The garden was essentially a large sprawling vegetable garden and orchard.

Using yew hedging to provide structure and symmetry, the garden was divided into rooms. The main garden is flanked with a double border of mixed shrubs, Mount Fuji cherries and edged with Cedric Morris irises.

The large driveway has been softened with a large gravel garden, consisting of Mediterranean plants such as Phlomis, Euphorbia and Stipa.  This kind of arid scheme works really well in East Anglia owing to the extremely dry summers, creating a low maintenance garden that looks great all year round.