Garden Tour: A Bungalow's Country Garden Gains Modern Touches
This spacious plot has blooms and grasses, as well as a productive kitchen garden and wildlife-welcoming areas
The area of the garden immediately behind the house has a feel different from the remainder, as seen in the previous photo. “It was given a contemporary look to contrast with the country setting,” says Sheena Marsh, director of Oxford Garden Design. “Because the house extension is modern, we used corten steel planters with grasses so the area matches the house.” Stipa gigantea was planted among gravel that has brown flecks that reflect its colour. The seating area is paved with Indian sandstone.
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Here, the red flowers of Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ and the bronze planters for the grasses create a vibrant modern effect.
The purple flowers on the left are salvia. “The colours were important,” says Marsh. “In the raised beds, there are much more vibrant plants that want full sun. The woodland part tends to have pastel-coloured flowers.”
The bed in front of the greenhouse is planted with lavender, with a yew tree positioned centrally to create a focal point. Espaliered fruit trees grow on the fences.
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