Family Garden, Hertfordshire

This steeply-sloping family garden is immersed in the beautiful countryside of the Chiltern Hills and boasts stunning views of the surrounding landscape.

The views of the garden from the inside of the house were as much of an important aspect of our planning as framing and enhancing the impressive views over the Chiltern Valley. The overall purpose of our design was to create a thriving garden making the most of the sloping site and flowing cohesively from one area to another.

We chose specific plants to echo the surrounding Hertfordshire countryside and its ephemeral nature. We drew on the skeletal effect of deciduous shrubs and textural plants that were light and airy, adding volume and creating separate areas that were still closely connected and diffused by the taller plants rather than separated. To soften the slope effect planting was formed into soft curves and mounds, creating clumps of herbaceous plants, shrubs and grasses, while deep curving borders enabled the forming of intimate spaces throughout the garden.

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