Farmhouse Garden - Eynsford

Design Brief

It's not often that a designer has the chance to design a garden for a beautiful farmhouse. This property, in Eynsford, provided wonderful views out towards the fields and meadows beyond. The garden needed to feel 'right', with its careful mix of native and ornamental planting. The clients were happy to give the garden some TLC which enabled the softer herbaceous planting to come to life.

Children living in the farmhouse needed to be able to explore the garden and see how it changed through the passing of the seasons so consideration had to be given to those plants which would provide form and pleasure even in the winter. Gravel pathways which sweep down through the garden out towards the river beyond add to the sense of exploration.

Before we got to work...

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Once we were finished

  • The drought-tolerant dry garden

    The drought-tolerant dry garden

  • Tall perennials mix with swaying grasses with the meadow beyond

    Tall perennials mix with swaying grasses with the meadow beyond

  • Antique details can give a garden a sense of history

    Antique details can give a garden a sense of history

  • Naturally self-seeding poppies have stunning seed heads after flowering

    Naturally self-seeding poppies have stunning seed heads after flowering

  • White agapanthus for summer colour, another of the show-stopper perennials

    White agapanthus for summer colour, another of the show-stopper perennials

  • The drought-tolerant dry garden
  • Tall perennials mix with swaying grasses with the meadow beyond
  • Antique details can give a garden a sense of history
  • Naturally self-seeding poppies have stunning seed heads after flowering
  • White agapanthus for summer colour, another of the show-stopper perennials

Sample Plants

Stipa gigantea, Kniphofia 'Little Maid', Deschampsia 'Goldtau', Hemerocallis 'Burning Daylight', Eryngium bourgatii, Digitalis lutea, Verbena bonariensis, Rose 'Mermaid', Perovskia 'Blue Spire', Phygelius 'Salmon's Leap'

Materials

Timber decking, 10mm gravel (pathways), Herringbone brickwork, sandstone paving

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