Contemporary valley garden
Designed by West and South of England designer Amanda Patton MSGD. This garden, set in a valley just outside Bath, was made up of four distinct areas, bearing no relationship to each other, and all at different levels.
Part of the garden also projected into a beautiful valley of meadow and hedges. Amanda's objective was to link the four areas and to create a garden that sat comfortably with the contemporary interior of the old stone farmhouse, and also with the rural idyll beyond.
The design created unity between the areas by using the same few 'ingredients' in all parts of the garden; specifically, these were the use of a double row of stone setts, pale grey paving and a chunky steel edge to all planting areas.
The main garden, on a slope which rose sharply at one corner, was re-contoured into three level areas; a terrace that ran the width of the garden from the rear (bedroom) doors; a retaining wall to take out 'the lump' planted with massed herbaceous plants and grasses; and a lawn flanked by bands of grasses and flowers that mirrored the hedges beyond, creating a link between house and its landscape.
All photogaphs c. Jason Ingram
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Agapanthus 'Headbourne Hybrids'
Anemone x hybrida Honorine Jobert
Aster sedifolius nana
Calamintha nepeta blue cloud
Campanula lactiflora alba
Echinacea white swan
Echinops Veich's blue
Eryngium planum Blaukappe
Geranium Buxton's Variety
Molinia caerulea transparent
Nepeta x faassenii
Pennisetum alopecuroides hameln
Penstemon heavenly blue
Penstemon white bedder
Sanguisorba obtusa albiflora
Stachys byzantina Cotton Boll
Viola sororia Freckles