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Island beds
Historic Downland property, Kent

This ancient house and its oak-framed barn occupy a spectacular setting in a dry chalk downland valley in the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Its new owners were keen to honour the Grade II-listed property’s rich history, while updating a garden that had become very overgrown.

We were able to retain mature and characterful trees, while creating new spaces for relaxation and entertaining. A traditional formal stone terrace provides the link between house and garden that the property was lacking. And a second simple circular terrace of poured concrete creates a more informal sunken dining space accessed from a new kitchen in an updated 1950s extension.

Our client is an avid gardener and had already set about creating a large-scale fruit and vegetable garden. Between this and the main garden, we designed a sweep of colourful ornamental meadow that leads you up to an existing apple orchard, where wild native meadows are now being developed, creating important habitat for wildlife.

A generous gravel path flanks a 30m-long herbaceous border overflowing with richly coloured flowers and statuesque perennials. We planted the flint-walled side garden with dozens of roses and peonies to make a scented haven and provide armfuls of cut flowers for the house. And curving island beds of golden grasses and jewel-coloured flowers drift across the main lawn, leading the eye up the slope to the honey-walled church beyond.

A light touch is employed at the edges of the garden and woodland, ensuring the property keeps its connection with the beautiful heritage landscape beyond its boundaries.

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This ancient house and its oak-framed barn occupy a spectacular setting in a dry chalk downland valley in the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Its new owners were keen to honour the Grade II-listed property’s rich history, while updating a garden that had become very overgrown.

We were able to retain mature and characterful trees, while creating new spaces for relaxation and entertaining. A traditional formal stone terrace provides the link between house and garden that the property was lacking. And a second simple circular terrace of poured concrete creates a more informal sunken dining space accessed from a new kitchen in an updated 1950s extension.

Our client is an avid gardener and had already set about creating a large-scale fruit and vegetable garden. Between this and the main garden, we designed a sweep of colourful ornamental meadow that leads you up to an existing apple orchard, where wild native meadows are now being developed, creating important habitat for wildlife.

  • path copy
  • islandbed
  • cl meadow copy
  • long border
  • redhotpoker
  • concrete terrace
  • terrace
  • poppies
  • Poppies and grasses
  • A sunken poured concrete terrace forming a contemporary part of the garden design
  • salvia

A generous gravel path flanks a 30m-long herbaceous border overflowing with richly coloured flowers and statuesque perennials. We planted the flint-walled side garden with dozens of roses and peonies to make a scented haven and provide armfuls of cut flowers for the house. And curving island beds of golden grasses and jewel-coloured flowers drift across the main lawn, leading the eye up the slope to the honey-walled church beyond.

A light touch is employed at the edges of the garden and woodland, ensuring the property keeps its connection with the beautiful heritage landscape beyond its boundaries.

Poppies and iris as part of a planting scheme

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