victorian-rectory One of our most exciting projects to date is a 4 acre garden surrounding a large Victorian rectory in a pretty midlands village.

The brief was to divide the garden up, working with what we found in each area, enhancing it and giving it its own identity and atmosphere. The garden had been neglected for years in some areas although there was a very attractive Victorian-style summerhouse built by a previous owner which needed to be linked to the surrounding garden in some way.

We designed a 20 metre long canal enclosed by pleached Hornbeam hedges and cool borders planted in whites, greens and greys. All retaining walls and steps in the garden are built from local reclaimed brick. An oak pergola clothed in Wisteria leads to the pretty brick and timber summerhouse which looks out over the canal towards the woodland garden. Beyond is a small orchard and wild flowers.

The flagstone terrace overlooks a natural lawned amphitheatre. We have planted the surrounding bank with wildflowers and bulbs, maintaining the boundaries as a wild garden accessed by mown paths through the trees.

Our clients wanted a large fruit and vegetable garden protected from Muntjac and rabbits, so the final stage of the build was to recreate a Victorian walled kitchen garden including large glasshouse and raised beds.