Formal Italianate Garden

The large front garden and drive (around one third of an acre) of this large house on the outskirts of London had always had a formal feel with a central circular bed of roses set around an Italian-style water fountain surrounded by a small line of Box hedging. This looked fine when in flower but looked sad and dreary in the winter. There was also a large rockery and a number of very mature overgrown shrubs as well as some really magnificent mature trees. The owner asked Charlotte Rowe Garden Design to create a totally new and elegant front garden using the water fountain as a centre piece. The resulting design has given the area a much more formal and coordinated look using a wider range of planting to provide interest through the year.

Charlotte Rowe created a series of circular lines of hedging around the water feature rippling out from the water feature in concentric circles like a drop in the water to the edges of the garden and inter-planting these yew and box hedges with perennials, sub-shrubs, ground cover and bulbs to give some interest around the year using a deep blue and white palette. The gravel drive was more clearly defined and re-created using a subtle grey gravel and gravel setts and in a dark corner we designed and created a small formal courtyard. Around this courtyard rich shade-tolerant planting was introduced to complement the existing shrubs and specimen trees.

The family’s sculpture collection was rearranged and set off properly against the yew hedging and discreet lighting was introduced to highlight the sculpture and the trees.