In the folds of a Folkestone valley this is an architecturally important house on an old family estate. With traditional formal gardens already surrounding the house our client asked us to create a new garden in a secluded spot away from the main house. We decided to create a quirky, sculptural garden making use of a large expanse of lawn surrounding a magnificent Wellingtonia. This would be a secret garden, tucked away from the main ornamental gardens, with space for entertaining. The inspiration came from the smuggler’s mythology of the region, with the image of cases of tea or treasure tumbling out from the hoard.
In order to create privacy and drama, we proposed sweeping earth berms that divide and create space within the garden, to be mass planted with ornamental grasses. A simple yet elegant palette of clipped hedges, grasses and conifers will be repeated throughout the garden, creating cohesion between the existing planting and the new. Spires of tall Italian cypresses will add height and vertical interest, echoing the tall Wellington, whilst flowing, clipped hedges create a labyrinth effect to encourage exploration.
The main feature of the garden will be tumbling cubes of clipped hornbeam; a contemporary twist to traditional topiary. Masses of ornamental grasses create movement and sound, framing and obscuring views as you move through the space.