The Old Walled Garden

The Site

The Old Walled Garden belongs to a 17th century townhouse where the visual arts are ever-present. A beautiful, contemporary glass-apexed kitchen opens out leading into the garden. A cornucopia of original facets greeted us in the garden; an old well hidden from view that the client wished to be restored and highlighted as a feature within the patio, a large, tired wisteria needed to be renovated back to health and a tall palm directs your eye to the sky, all within a walled garden canvas. A property situated on the market street of an old Oxfordshire town, with access to the garden through the house.

The Old Walled Garden as work begins

The Brief

To create a living garden from an under-used, old walled garden. To redefine the space consisting of inherited worn decking, random levels, poor soil/lawn and transform it with an entertaining area that flowed seamlessly from kitchen and stepped up into the garden beyond, where older children could enjoy a summer of tennis on an even, healthy lawn.

The old well, rebuilt and finished with honey paviors, lighting and glass dome

The restored and rebuilt well, waiting for it’s final touch…a glass cover

Landscape Design

A relaxed garden, the generous seating area of new natural flagstones and Cotswold stone retaining walls was laid to embrace the original natural stone of the walls. A bespoke store built to provide an attractive utility hideaway. Its location on a busy high street in an old Oxfordshire town, meant extra care was taken throughout to ensure that this gorgeous house was kept pristine, even with debris of clearance and building materials going through the house. We kept a close eye on detail and charming ‘Henry the Hoover’ played his part at the end of each day, leaving the property owners with nothing to do but enjoy their home, and now their garden too. 

The finished walled garden with beautiful wide honey-coloured patio and retaining walls, with lush raised lawn

The Old Walled Garden is now a beautiful and functional outdoor space

Planting Scheme

Brushes of colour were painted with the planting in the borders including Echinacea purpurea ‘Bravado’, Salvia ‘Caradonna’  and Penstemon ‘Garnet’ giving long-lasting, repeat-flowering blooms steeped in verdant greens. To the stone canvas of the surrounding walls semi-mature climbing Tracelosperum jasminoides were planted, a white starry-flowered evergreen with heavenly scent, interspersed as a feature backdrop to the mid and lower-level plants throughout. The near garden with its mature Japanese Acer was underplanted with the mouth-watering lush fern Polystichum setiferum whilst Geranium ‘Rozanne’ languorously spills over the new Cotswold-stone walls as if it had always been there. A culinary haven of herbs draws you back to the seating areas, with its mesmerising view into the toughened glass-covered well, and on into the sunlit kitchen.

Client feedback

“First of all, I should say we are very pleased with the garden. We would both like to thank you for your hard work over the past 11-12 weeks. We would be very happy to recommend you” 
Mr. M, May 2017

A hammock sits on the raised lawn under an acer tree and surrounded by bright purple Geranium Rozanne's

A welcoming place for a leisurely sway in a hammock

The Oxfordshire Gardener says

“We were delighted to return to prune and continue to train the wisteria ‘alba’ and see a hammock resting in the lawn and we now care for the lawn and garden”

A white flowering wisteria dripping with tiny white waterfalls of flowers

Wisteria ‘alba’

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