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Beautiful Walled Country Garden

By Hertfordshire based garden designer Judy Shardlow of Heartwood Garden Design. This garden was designed to create a relaxing traditional English garden and in particular to create a warm enclosed patio area close to the house.

Beautiful Walled Country Garden Designed by Judy Shardlow

Stunning yellow quartz paddlestones were used to build sweeping curved walls, designed to draw the eye around the garden and to disguise the relatively shallow depth of the garden in relation to the house.

Beautiful Walled Country Garden Designed by Judy Shardlow

Particular features include two flights of steps build into the curves of the overall design. The first flight of steps leads from an attractive warm sandstone patio and planted beds up towards the upper garden. In this area a stunning multi-stemmed Amelanchier sits within a gravel border planted with Lavender, and is attractively up-lit at night.

The designer of this garden Judy Shardlow, explains: “The warm colours of the paddlestone walls were used as part of the planting palette. The coppery tints of Anemanthele lessoniana and the deep purple of Phormium ‘All Black’ as well as pretty green Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’ worked beautifully with the colour and texture of the wall.”

The walls also provided an opportunity to create the restful sound of water near to the seating area, using a water blade onto pebbles alongside the client’s own sculpture. The dampness of the soil close to the water feature provided a perfect opportunity for pretty evergreen plants include Acorus gramineus 'Aurea' and delicate fern Asplenium trichomanes.

Beautiful Walled Country Garden Designed by Judy Shardlow

One of the key structural plants used in the garden was vertically trained Ceanothus. Trained against the dominant brick wall, the Ceanothus will knit together over time to create an attractive evergreen backdrop to the garden, screening the dominant brick wall. Ceanothus is well suited to growing against a sheltered warm wall on a well drained slope, and flowers beautifully in June.

Beautiful Walled Country Garden Designed by Judy Shardlow

In shady areas of the garden beautiful a wooden curved seat was built into the wall with a backdrop of low Acer dissectum and pretty evergreen plants including Fatsia japonica ‘Spiders Web’, Helleborus ‘Anna’s Red’, Lamium maculatum ‘Beacon Silver’ and Euphorbia amygdaloides ‘Purpurea’ were used to create year round interest. Judy explains that: “The Hellebores have pink tints to the foliage as well as stunning deep pink flowers in early spring, so there is still lots of interest even after the flowers have faded.”

Beautiful Walled Country Garden Designed by Judy Shardlow

The Hellebores were particularly successful in creating a splash of interest and colour through the winter months. This garden won a BALI (British Association of Landscaping Industries) award for construction in 2016.

Beautiful Walled Country Garden Designed by Judy Shardlow

Walkway Square and stepping stones:

Buxus sempervirens
Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens'
Dryopteris erythrosora
Fatsia japonica 'Variegata'
Dicksonia antarctica
Carex morrowii 'Ice Dance'
Fatsia japonica 'Spider's Web'


Back Wall:

Ceanothus griseus var. horizontalis 'Yankee Point'
Clematis 'Marie Boisselot'


Full/Partial Shade Sloping Border and Wooden Seat:

Cyclamen hederifolium
Ajuga reptans 'Burgundy Glow'
Asplenium trichomanes
Rosa 'Souvenir du Docteur Jamain'
Blechnum spicant
Euonymus fortunei 'Emerald Gaiety'
Euphorbia amygdaloides 'Purpurea'
Lamium maculatum 'White Nancy'
Campanula portenschlagiana
Clematis 'Early Sensation'
Hydrangea seemannii
Rhododendron 'Princess Anne'
Acer palmatum var. dissectum
Heuchera 'Lime Marmalade'
Heuchera 'Shanghai'
Bergenia cordifolia 'Vinterglod'
Polystichum setiferum Plumosomultilobum Group
Tiarella 'Pink Skyrocket'
X Heucherella 'Yellowstone Falls'
Primula polyneura
Helleborus (Rodney Davey Marbled Group) 'Anna's Red'
Helleborus (Rodney Davey Marbled Group) 'Penny's Pink'
Pulmonaria 'Silver Bouquet'
Skimmia japonica 'Marlot'
Viburnum nudum 'Pink Beauty'
Helleborus x ballardiae 'HGC Joker'


Middle Garden: Sunny Sloping Border and Gravel Areas:

Amelanchier lamarckii
Convolvulus cneorum
Armeria maritima
Cistus 'Silver Pink'
Santolina chamaecyparissus
Salvia officinalis 'Purpurascens'
Erigeron karvinskianus
Hebe pinguifolia 'Pagei'
Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum 'Mariesii'
Pittosporum tobira 'Nanum'
Acer palmatum 'Osakazuki'
Erica x darleyensis 'Furzey'
Ilex crenata 'Golden Gem'
Cryptomeria japonica 'Vilmoriniana'
Juniperus communis 'Repanda'
Arabis procurrens 'Variegata'
Dianthus carthusianorum
Rosa 'Flower Carpet White'
Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna'
Iris 'Langport Wren'
Perovskia atriplicifolia 'Little Spire'
Acorus calamus 'Variegatus'
Euphorbia characias 'Tasmanian Tiger'
Verbena bonariensis 'Lollipop'
Lavandula angustifolia 'Thumbelina Leigh'
Agapanthus 'Stargazer'
Escallonia 'Golden Carpet'
Clematis 'Emerald Dream'
Pinus strobus Nana Group
Juniperus rigida subsp. conferta 'Schlager'


Middle Garden: low hedging:

Ilex crenata


Boundary Fence Climbers and Area:

Exochorda x macrantha 'The Bride'
Clematis 'Purpurea Plena Elegans'
Ceanothus griseus var. horizontalis 'Yankee Point'
Clematis 'Marie Boisselot'
Phyllostachys aureosulcata 'Spectabilis'
Rosa banksiae var. banksiae
Trachelospermum jasminoides 'Star of Toscana'
Wisteria floribunda


Patio Beds (curve/straight /half circle):

Convolvulus cneorum
Trachelospermum jasminoides
Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens'
Thymus vulgaris
Iris 'White Swirl'
Agapanthus africanus
Polystichum polyblepharum
Anemanthele lessoniana
Carex comans 'Frosted Curls'
Arabis procurrens 'Variegata'
Phormium tenax 'All Black'
Pennisetum x advena 'Rubrum'
Iris 'Black Swan'
Clematis macropetala 'Lagoon'
Sisyrinchium 'Stripey'
Acacia cognata 'Limelight'
Designed by Judy Shardlow