The Orchard Garden

We had the pleasure of designing the garden of an Old Hall set on the outskirts of a small village in Nottinghamshire.   The brief was to design part of the existing gardens to accentuate the beautiful gnarled old apple trees and garden hedges but add planting and colour to help the house feel more grounded.  Lawn covered the majority of the garden with a few orchard trees but only a small amount of planting.  Creating movement, height and seasonal interest was key to the challenge of bringing this design to life.  Being on the edge of a village the garden held views across rural agricultural fields so the extended landscape needed to be considered as part of the garden.

Being a natural gardener, the client was actively involved with the design team in choosing plants for the garden.  Beautiful Taxus buccata (English yew) domes added an exciting dimension to the garden space and were paired with Heuchera ‘Paris’, Salvia nemorosa, Stipa tenuissima, Hemerocallis and Astrantia creating a texturally exciting planting  design.

The large expansive lawn punctuated by orchard trees, was framed with sweeping planting beds that imitated and focused the eye on the beautiful wind swept apple trees that adorn the site.