Semi-Formal Garden in Turnditch, Derbyshire

This is a garden we’ve worked on previously. In 2015, we designed the north-east side of the garden (not pictured), which runs away from the house to the banks of the River Ecclesbourne.

That section contains a walled entertaining space with a pizza oven and BBQ area, together with gabion seating. We designed the space to be flood-proof, including a composite deck that overhangs the water, as the river overflows from time to time.

In 2019 we returned to design the south-facing area shown here, situated outside the rather more grand backdrop of the house’s main facade.

The plot itself is extensive and very natural looking – mainly lawn and trees – but to link the existing garden to the style of the property we needed some formality.

Our scheme includes seating areas and dining space, along with a substantial above-ground Koi pool which was a feat of engineering in itself. The windows of the Koi pond overlook the dining area, with the filtration unit enclosed in a separate housing along the boundary of the property.

Paths and seating areas are in resin-bound gravel and porcelain paving, and we’ve used real stone walling to complement the existing hardscaping at the side of the house.

Our planting scheme includes large beds of Artemisia, Salvia nemorosa ‘Caradonna’, Nepeta faassenii, Euphorbia wulfenii, Agapanthus ‘Headbourne Hybrids’, Rosa ‘Desdemona’, Peony ‘Duchesse de Nemours’, Stipa gigantea and multistem Prunus serrula.

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