Country Estate Sussex - Garden Design by Jo Thompson

A formal garden of Taxus bachata 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.