Large gardens give scope for a greater sense of journey around the garden. The size of the garden may be larger but still needs to be on a human scale. Often there are views to the countryside beyond. It's really important to integrate the garden into the landscape.

A family garden in Somerset

A new design for a large garden in Trull, near Taunton, Somerset which has been occasioned by improvements to the house. The design includes a large patio paved in York stone with steps up through terraced beds filled with plants and incorporating a raised pool and fountain. The main garden has a lawn (my clients stipulated that it should be big enough for a marquee) surrounded by planting in intense colours; deep reds, blues and intense purples.  Blocks of yew steady the exuberant planting and a plant-covered pergola gives some shade.  Beyond this garden, a less formal woodland garden centres on a rill with a piece of sculpture at its head. My clients particularly like the gardens of the Alhambra and of Hestercombe and the design draws on references from both. This garden was completed in spring 2006 and greatly enjoyed over the summer. It is extraordinary how well established it looks already.

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