Water garden with reflective pool & rill
By Hampshire garden designer Janet Bligh. A simple bold design with moving water and soft planting creates an intimate garden space within a large estate in Haslemere, Surrey.
A new extension of oak & glass was being added to a large Arts & Crafts house in a country estate in Surrey.
The brief was to design the area immediately outside the extension to include running water but without blocking the stunning views from the terrace.
The house has been renovated in a minimalist style and the garden was to reflect the clients’ tastes but also compliment the traditional Yorkstone terrace running the length of the house.
Centred on the new study, a low raised pool was built with water falling via a copper chute into a rill which leads to a large reflective pool. Box balls help to frame the view to the raised pool when seen from the house.
The area is wrapped around with a clipped yew hedge to create an intimate space for the family to enjoy.
Cubes of clipped Buxus sempervirens and the hedge contrast with with soft planting which includes grasses such as Miscanthus, Stipa Gigantea and Pennisetum. Flower and foliage colour is restricted to green, white and reds.
Berberis thunbergii Nana
Berberis ottawensis auricoma
Cistus Alan Fradd
Cornus alba Elegantissima
Cotinus Velvet Cloak
Cotoneaster Coral Beauty
Philadelphus Manteau d’Hermine
Photinia x fraseri Red Robin
Pittosporum tobira Nanum
Garry Elliptica James Roof
Pyracantha Saphyr Red
Anemone Honorine Jobert
Artemisia Powis Castle
Cirsium rivulare atropurpureum
Geranium sanguineum album
Heuchera Palace Purple
Pulmonaria Sissinghurst White
Scabiosa Chile Black
Viola cornuta alba
Miscanthus sinensis ‘China’
Miscanthus sinensis ‘Malepartus’
Miscanthus sinensis ‘Silberfeder’
Miscanthus sinensis ‘Yakushima Dwarf’