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Large Family Garden

Designed by Christine Wilkie. This large, sloping family garden in Middlesex cleverly combines both contemporary and traditional styles, divided by evergreen yew hedging.

Raised beds and water feature

The contemporary entertainment space closest to the house features a natural sandstone patio, raised pool with raised beds and steps, a hardwood sun deck, step stone path, pergola and cut-away focal planting bays.

Entertainment space and seating

To the rear, a sunken garden, with raised circular chamomile seat and round lily pond, creates a tranquil, contemplative space in which to relax.

Sunken garden with chamomile lawn detail

Distinctive box topiary spheres and Ligustrum ionandrum half standards feature throughout the garden, together with a creative blend of hardy perennials, hard-working shrubs and semi-mature trees.

Decorative garden bench surrounded by planting

The planting design delivers year-round interest with plenty of seasonal scene-stealers for visual impact through the high seasons of spring and summer.

 Circular lily pond and water feature

Plant List 

Magnolia x loebneri 'Leonard Messel'
Taxus baccata
Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote'
Cistus x purpureus
Trachelospermum jasminoides
Elaeagnus x ebbingei
Buxus sempervirens
Viburnum davidii
Sorbus aria 'Lutescens'
Choisya ternata
Jasminum nudiflorum
Gaura lindheimeri
Penstemon 'Garnet'
Dicentra spectabilis
Prunus lusitanica
Passiflora caerulea
Mahonia x media 'Charity'
Viburnum x bodnantense 'Dawn'
Bergenia 'Bressingham White'
Cornus sericea 'Flaviramea'
Tellima grandiflora
Escallonia 'Apple Blossom'
Euonymus europaeus 'Red Cascade'
Euonymus fortunei 'Emerald Gaiety'
Carex testacea
Alchemilla erythropoda
Astrantia major 'Claret'
Lupinus 'The Governor' (Band of Nobles Series)
Helleborus x hybridus Ballard's Group
Anemone hupehensis var. japonica 'Splendens'
Cotinus 'Grace'
Geranium 'Brookside'
Dicentra 'Luxuriant'
Iris sibirica 'Silver Edge'
Ligustrum jonandrum
Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna'
Geranium phaeum 'Lily Lovell'
Paeonia 'Buckeye Belle'
Hemerocallis 'Hyperion'
Geranium macrorrhizum 'Bevan's Variety'
Crataegus persimilis 'Prunifolia'
Tricyrtis formosana 'Dark Beauty'
Designed by Christine Wilkie

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