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Designing a Farmhouse Garden in Chesterfield, Derbyshire

We first visited this garden in Chesterfield in July 2017. We found a lovely client whose garden was a blank canvas. Our brief was to include bright solid colours, foliage and contemporary curved shapes.

Our client wanted spaces within the scheme for art and sculpture and different areas to sit and enjoy the lovely views of their old farmhouse. The garden also needed screening at the rear due to a housing proposal, which now, four years later, is under construction.

The original budget was modest, but the clients planned the project as a self-build. They took on the digging and eventually decided to work with the slope rather than level each area.

Planting and sculpture

We designed a curved scheme. Our clients sourced a curving corten planter, which sits among the planting beds alongside several sculptural pieces. A paved area at the highest part of the garden is home to a swing seat from Sitting Spiritually, who were also commissioned to make a simple pergola arch.

We undertook tree planting in November 2018 and returned to plant the rest of the garden during June 2019, with bulb planting in the autumn.

Our summer planting includes Hydrangea ‘Limelight’ and David Austin roses ‘Lady of Shalott’, ‘Kew Gardens’ and ‘Royal Jubilee’. Also included are Peonies, Hemerocallis and Salvia, and lots of colourful-leaved shrubs such as Callicarpa bodinieri, Cotinus and Physocarpus ‘Diablo’.

Winter colour comes from the Cornus alba stems and the constant presence of Anemanthele lessoniana (was Stipa arundinacea), Heuchera, Helleborus and Epimedium. We planted an assortment of tulips, including ‘Ballerina’, ‘Passionale’ and ‘Formosa’.

We paid a return visit in May 2021 to see how the garden was maturing and made this video.

We’ll leave you with the words of our client. If you would like your garden transformed, please get in touch.

The garden is looking beautiful. The plants are more established and starting to come through again this spring.

I am really pleased with how it’s maturing so quickly, and I just love the pops of colour that come through when the bulbs come out. It’s even more colourful in summer when everything is in full bloom – just what I wanted.

A huge thank you to yourself, Rory and Andrew for creating the design and planting scheme. Not forgetting, of course, all the hard work regarding digging and planting, which I recall was either in boiling hot weather or torrential rain!

I would definitely recommend Lush Garden Design to anyone considering a garden transformation, large or small. They are a professional and friendly team with a huge depth of knowledge and experience between them.

Mrs M, Chesterfield

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