Country House


Blank Canvas

The existing property on this 2 acre site had been demolished and a new country house built, leaving a completely blank canvas for the garden. There were only a handful of specimen shrubs and mature trees remaining. The brief was wide ranging and enabled Matt Nichol Garden Design to explore a modern country garden with a classical essence.

Design Solutions

  • Series of interconnecting gardens each with their own feel
  • Formal garden close to the house
  • Informal curved lawns further from the house
  • Classical water feature
  • Limited palette of materials to create cohesion

Classical Design

The layout and geometry used created different moods and feelings as you moved through the garden. Formality and symmetry were used to great effect close to the house to reflect the style of the property. Whilst further from the house, curved lawns and borders with informal timber steps were used to soften the outer boundaries of the property.

Planting Structure

A large formal rear lawn was created with pleached Hornbeam underplanted with buttresses of yew and the Calamagrostis grasses. The new planting was designed with structure in mind from the very start: tree planting, structural hedging and specimen shrubs took priority.

Material Selection

A limited number of key materials were selected and used in different ways to different effects. For example, rustic brick pavers were used for pathways, step risers and edgings to create cohesion within the large garden.

Roman Pool and Fontainebleau Fountain

Features within the garden included a scented garden with a Roman Pool and Fontainebleau Fountain from Haddonstone.

The Studio, 53 Yew Tree Lane,
Poynton Stockport, Cheshire East SK12 1PT

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The Studio, 53 Yew Tree Lane,
Poynton Stockport, Cheshire East SK12 1PT