Sussex Surrey Country Gardens
west sussex and surrey country gardens
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Seasonal interest – In this country garden, there is beauty all year round
March – Naturalised daffodils follow on from massed snowdrops under sculpted yew and an ash is about to break into leaf.
May – Simple block plantings of cornflowers, alchemilla mollis and cowparsley thrive under sculpted yew and hazel.
June – Fresh growth of alliums, astrantias, irises and grasses line an old flint and brick wall between a York stone terrace and large lawn.
September – The same planting takes on tawny hues and the long flowering gaura will persist till late October.
Cottage garden style
As in medieval times, planting engulfs this thatched house. Although the terrace is generous, the late summer planting spills over the old flagstones. This cottage garden is soft all year round.
A 500 year old hazel stand forms a beautiful canopy. It protects snowdrops in winter, daffodils in spring and cow parsley in summer too. The little thatched summer house is a secret hideaway.
Conservatory furniture works equally well on the flagstone terrace. This too has views across the flower garden to an orchard through a yew arch.
The shaped and clipped forms of yew is extended here to a shaped hazel enclosed arch for a child’s hammock within. Curved walls, curved paths and curved hedges form a strong backbone to the garden.
A formal circular herb garden leads up to a pool summerhouse with perimeter mature trees blurring the boundaries between the garden and the South Downs beyond.
The autumn daisies lead the eye up to the magnificent oak with hammock.
Close to the house a perfectly formed dish is created in the lawn to create shadow lines.
Planting extends up to the house so it feels part of the wider landscape.
Edwardian country garden
Formal symmetry of urns and wide rose arch are centred to the long terrace of this country garden. This carefully compliments the informal planting further away from the house.
Gertrude Jekylls own garden closeby inspires this Edwardian border of billowing perennials with colour palette being carefully selected. Later in autumn, the leaves of a magnificent acer form a red pool on the lawn against the butter yellow autumn leaves.
Repeated bold planting of lavender and roses surround this Edwardian country house and perosvkia and sedums flank its pretty summerhouse.