INFORMAL FARMHOUSE GARDEN NEAR BURTON

When Cooper-Hayes Garden Design first visited this beautiful former farmhouse house in Rolleston on Dove near Burton, the owners had spent years lovingly renovating inside but the garden had barely been touched, and was massively overgrown, so much so that you couldn't actually see where the garden ended!

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The brief was to create a meandering informal garden full of colour and life, as well as to create a substantial driveway area and patios. This was achieved with a combination of Peterborough gravel and timber beds, with patios in Monsoon sandstone paving with reclaimed brick edging salvaged from the property. A stunning cedar greenhouse has been installed near the kitchen with beds for herbs and veg.

To the upper part of the garden, there are a number of island beds will a mixture of shrub and herbaceous perennials around a large central lawn. There is also a woodland area that is filled with silver birch, hazel and a beautiful copper beech tree. To one side of the lawn a wildflower meadow has been sown around a small orchard of fruit trees. Alliums emerge in spring before the grasses and wildflowers erupt into colour. A burnt sugar tree (Cercidiphyllum japonicum) has been planted at the far end of the garden so that when it matures, the autumn foliage will fill the area with the smell of candy floss - a real treat for the children in the neighbouring school!

Having brought this house back to life, the garden is now a fitting framework to this lovely old building, and as it matures the hard work and investment of the clients will leave a legacy to the future of their village.

Contractor: David Greaves Landscape Design Ltd - www.davidgreavesdesign.co.uk

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