Once two separate properties, this traditional Dorset Farmhouse and buildings have once again been combined and the stunning interior needed a garden to match.
The house is surrounded by rich old meadow pasture and rolling hills with views to the sea. The entrance garden is swept by icy cold winds in winter from the north east and blasted by the occasional strong south westerly in the main garden – wind matters here!
The separated grounds also needed to be combined and provide a connection between the beautiful, contemporary interior and the timeless landscape in which it sits.
Strong structural elements are softened by lush planting that catches the breeze in this windswept coastal garden. The old driveway has gone and been replaced by a beautiful traditional summer meadow. Bulbs have been added to give the meadow a lift in spring with many narcissi species. A mown path gives access to the functional areas of the grounds – the glasshouse, vegetable and fruit growing areas as well as the practical bits, the composting areas, the irrigation storage tanks, etc.
Everything has its place. The sharp drop from the main entrance has been replaced with a generous walkway that steps gently into the landscape away from the house allowing the viewer to enjoy the fabulous views of the wider landscape. Any flowers and plantings have been in a steady decline since mid-summer and the next event in the garden is often the onset of spring. That means for around 6 months, half of every year, that our gardens do not provide us with something joyous, do not entice us out into the rich toned autumn sun. There are plenty of plants at their best in autumn and throughout the winter. One of the key plant groups that can ignite the autumn landscape are ornamental grasses, many of which are late flowering species. Grasses used en masse or combined with late flowering herbaceous perennials with backdrops of shrubs can ensure that autumn in a garden is a time to look forward. Autumn is its own visual feast.
Purbeck stone is used in different forms to give varied textures underfoot and on the walls. The garden had only been planted out 8 months previously and had yet to fill out, yet the details of the path and the wonderful purbeck stone stand their ground.