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The Misbourne Garden
 
Misbourne_Garden_2Long, narrow gardens always present a challenge but this one had a secret something that was worth a visit. 

The brief was to work with the existing hard landscaping but to give the garden a greater sense of space whilst adding interest AND a desire to walk through the garden to see the `treasure' hidden at the end - the river Misbourne falling over and between a course of rocks built across its breadth (neither seen nor heard until you reach the end of the garden.

The client was keen to retain the traditional cottage ambience but felt that the garden needed `sophisticating`in some way..........................

A limited planting pallette of blue, mauve, pale pink and white was chosen to lighten the garden and to give a relatively uninterrupted view of furthest point, but the new design distinctly seperated the garden into three rooms, each one with a slightly different feel. 

The first `room', closest to the house has an informal lawn bound by soft floriferous planting retaining the country cottage feel and providing year long interest.  Whatever the season, there's always a beautiful garden view from the breakfast/dining room.  A change in planting style at the turn of the stone path leads into the second `room'.  This has an arc of lawn sharply edged with clipped box hedging and topiary behind which we've kept the planting to cool blue and white.  Here, jasmine and climbing roses, philadelphus and lavender fill the borders with scent  Three pompom conifers screen this area from the third room, a spacious paved dining terrace right at the edge of the river where the sight and sound of the water tripping over rocks adds further magic to the garden.