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Cheshire Retreat Garden

By garden designer Matt Nichol. The owners of this garden in Woodford, Cheshire, wanted to create a garden retreat as a destination point.

Their extensive garden was mainly lawn and deep shrub borders, and they rarely had reason to venture to the far end of the garden.

Cheshire Retreat Garden

They decided to install a garden retreat as place to relax in the garden, entertain guests and as an occasional office. They called upon Matt Nichol Garden Design to help them achieve their vision. Matt helped the clients to select a bespoke garden retreat. The western red cedar cladding will soften with time to a silvery colour.

Cheshire Retreat Garden

The garden retreat was ‘settled’ into the garden with a mixed planting scheme of shrubs, grasses and herbaceous plants, selected to create a natural and relaxed atmosphere.  The soft rustling of the Golden Oats grass, Stipa gigantea, teamed with the tall purple Verbena bonariensis provides a winning combination.

Cheshire Retreat Garden

A water feature was created with a Lily Bowl planter. The concentric circles of brick detail, gravel and thyme create the illusion of ripples on a lake. The garden retreat was linked back to the house by an informal winding path through longer grass and apple trees. The garden was installed in 2013, and these images were taken 8 months later in July 2014. This illustrates how quickly a garden can become established and with time the planting will fill out the borders further.

Plant list:

Alchemilla mollis
Aster x frikartii 'Monch'
Verbena bonariensis
Stipa gigantea
Astrantia major 'Ruby Wedding'
Dryopteris erythrosora
Stachys byzantina 'Big Ears'
Sarcococca confusa
Rudbeckia fulgida var sullivantii 'Goldsturm'
Pieris 'Forest Flame'
Parrotia persica
Acanthus mollis
Osmanthus x burkwoodii
Perovskia 'Blue Spire'
Kolkwitzia amabilis 'Pink Cloud'
Helleborus orientalis
Phyllostachys aurea
Phormium 'Bronze Baby'
Geranium 'Johnson's Blue'
Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum 'Mariesii'
Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood'
Phormium tenax 'Variegatum'
Sedum (Herbstfreude Group) 'Herbstfreude'
Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Overdam'
Sedum 'Matrona'
Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light'
Hebe 'Caledonia'
Physocarpus opulifolius 'Diabolo'
Salvia x sylvestris 'Mainacht'
Mahonia x media 'Charity'
Nepeta 'Six Hills Giant'
Persicaria amplexicaulis 'Firetail'
Knautia macedonica
Hamamelis x intermedia 'Jelena'
Potentilla 'William Rollison'
Hosta 'Big Daddy'
Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost'
Hydrangea paniculata 'Limelight'
Epimedium grandiflorum 'Rose Queen'
Persicaria bistorta 'Superba'
Lonicera fragrantissima
Malus domestica 'James Grieve'
Viburnum x juddii
Pieris japonica 'Mountain Fire'
Tricyrtis hirta
Astilbe x arendsii 'Bressingham Beauty'
Rhododendron 'Gibraltar'
Carex comans bronze-leaved
Sagina subulata
Hebe rakaiensis
Knautia macedonica Melton pastels
Phalaris arundinacea var. picta 'Feesey'
Phormium 'Apricot Queen'
Ribes sanguineum 'Koja'
Actaea simplex (Atropurpurea Group) 'Brunette'
Iris sibirica 'Flight of Butterflies'
Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote Blue'
Cornus florida f. rubra
Liriope muscari 'Big Blue'
Deschampsia cespitosa 'Goldschleier'
Paeonia 'Felix Crousse'
Hosta fortunei var. albopicta f. aurea
Hemerocallis 'Chicago Blackout'
Cornus sanguinea 'Magic Flame'
Designed by Matt Nichol

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