Gloucestershire Manor House

With magnificent views over the Severn Valley, the design for the garden of this beautiful grade II listed Elizabethan house needed to be contemporary and functional while still working with the architecture and the surrounding agricultural landscape.

Strips of lavender are pretty and fragrant in the restored kitchen garden which produces year-round fruit and vegetables and has a flourishing cutting garden. In addition, a stylish culinary and medicinal courtyard provides extra produce for the kitchen and is created around a central water feature which makes an attractive focal point.

Silver birch trees under planted with white crocus and white daffodils give a warm welcome on arrival while a musically inspired curved hedge with abstract topiary shapes provides a humorous contrast on the opposite side of the drive. The blue, orange and white hues of the wild flowers add colour and interest and encourage wildlife.

Suitably impressive steps connect the terrace and facade with the lower lawns and views beyond, binding the architecture and landscape. Substantial cloud planting of taxus, carpinus and buxus softens the construction. The lawn levels have been regraded and the flower garden sharpened with added depth provided by two substantial herbaceous borders.

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