Charlotte Rowe Garden Design had just finished designing and planting a large London garden for this client when she found her perfect house in the New Forest in Hampshire and decided to move permanently out of London. We immediately began to create a garden for her on her one and half acre property. The house is a lovely, low, thatched house with thick lime-washed walls set into the centre of a beautiful site within the national park, with wonderful views across to the South East. The first phase of the works carried out, in 2012/3, was to re-configure the terrace and main lawn to the rear of the house, build an outdoor swimming pool, do some initial work on the front planting beds and put in some garden lighting.
Charlotte Rowe designed a long broad terrace to the rear of the house to provide enough space for a seating area, a dining and BBQ area as well as a small private terrace off the study. Joining the two principal areas is a wide path with two square timber arches and gravel planting including wild strawberries, Nepeta and herbs. The rear terrace is laid with long narrow strips of York stone paving of differing widths to give some formality and structure to the terrace and lead one’s eye along the back facade of the house. Set into the paving at one end are two square planting beds with lavender and clipped Buxus. There are new wide generous stone stairs up to the main lawn with a grass path leading to the pool set between planting beds planted with perennials and grasses and a row of lime trees.
The planting throughout is a mixture of large shrubs, perennials in a muted lilac, shady pink and cream palette as well as grasses and bulbs. To the right hand side of the French doors from the family sitting room, there is a mounded winter bed with plants which will give interest throughout the year.
Future phases in the development of the garden will be a new vegetable and herb garden in front of the stabling and a new avenue to fruit trees leading to the paddocks and tennis court.