Traditional Knot Garden Overlooking Courtyard
Category: Contemporary, Modern & Artistic
Garden Design Project: CONOGC001
Creating a Knot Garden was the client brief by landscape an existing level garden comprising summer bedding to a more lasting, elegant, low maintenance solution.
Dividing the area over three gently descending levels, we implemented a running fountain water feature on the top level servicing a central rill, intersected at intervals by silvered oak bridges. A traditional knot garden using gold and green box and half standard scented Elaeagnus was designed to set off each level that would provide appealing views from all levels of the room overlooking the courtyard. Originally a Lutyens House, it would appear from our research that Ms. Sackville West was disappointingly and unusually absent from the garden layout, thus we installed brick and gravel paths that are lightly reminiscent of her design ethos.
When building the rill we had the same challenge of matching the retaining walls to existing Bargate stone. All the existing brick walls were taken down and rebuilt with near-matching stone, so the overall effect when the garden was finished was that these walls had been in situ for fifty years or more.
Submitted By: Lucy Summers - Chelsea Flower Show Gold Award Winner