Set in rural Hertfordshire this Georgian style former farm house was set in a large plot nearing three acres. The plot was laid almost entirely to lawn and the garden was separated from an attractive meadow by a hedge.
The dynamic of the house had been drastically changed by the addition of a stone orangery to the rear. This extension was to be the main open plan living space of the house so it was proposed that the main axis of the rear garden be taken from the central doors of the orangery. A large sandstone terrace for entertaining leads to turf steps edged in sandstone up to a large formal lily pool. This strong axis is further reinforced by the removal of the hedge and a central turf path cut through the wildflower meadow.
On the new axis, the pools adds reflection and drama.
Bold perennial planting softens the scheme.
Driveway and new turning circle set the house into the scheme
Bold drifts of planting add drama