Country Estate, Sussex

A gentle intervention

This design for the gardens and surrounding landscape of a Grade 1 Listed Georgian house centres on a respect for the surrounding landscape and the creation of a garden which provides the main view from the house, as well as providing an accessible garden for a young family.

A formal garden of Taxus baccata and Ilex crenata topiary alongside tumbling roses around an existing ornamental pond leads through tall yew columns to a slate-lined swimming pool and outside kitchen and dining area. A kitchen garden provides culinary herbs and cut flowers for the house. The planting design incorporated the use of both shrubs and perennials to create a traditional atmosphere with a touch of the contemporary.

Borders around the house have a relaxed feel, linking the house with the surrounding gardens in an effectively informal way. Climbing and rambling roses alongside scented jasmine clothe the walls of the house.

Photography by Rachel Warne