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Large family garden in Surrey

By Hampshire garden designer Janet Bligh.  The new owners of this large garden wanted to create a family-friendly space with play areas for their young children, seating areas for different times of day and a small vegetable garden.

Large family garden in Surrey by Hampshire garden designer Janet Bligh

A large, slightly neglected garden in Haslemere needed updating for a young family. The priorities were to create a sufficiently large parking space near the house with large open spaces for the children to play safely.  Existing paved areas were extended and improved to provide spaces for family and friends to eat outdoors, and a small kitchen garden was created for the clients to grow vegetables and for the children to try their hand at growing annual flowers. 

Large family garden in Surrey by Hampshire garden designer Janet Bligh

A limestone circular terrace with brick detailing provides a sunny evening dining area with a bespoke summerhouse for shelter on cooler days. 

Large family garden in Surrey by Hampshire garden designer Janet Bligh

Yorkstone walling has been used to retain a bank which has been planted with a colourful mix of low-maintenance shrubs and ground-cover plants.

Large family garden in Surrey by Hampshire garden designer Janet Bligh

The children have plenty of open space in which to play in both front and rear gardens, and a large timber playhouse with swings and a slide provides them with their own little den.

Large family garden in Surrey by Hampshire garden designer Janet Bligh

There are also lots of routes and secret paths around the garden for them to enjoy.  The addition of electric gates at the front entrance means that they can play securely in the large front garden even if they can’t be seen from inside the house.

Plants list           

Acer japonicum ‘Dissectum'
Anemone ‘September Charm’
Arabis arendsii ‘Rosabella’ 
Arabis caucasica Variegata
Artemisia ‘Powis Castle’
Astelia ‘Silver Spears’
Azalea ‘Geisha Purple’
Azalea ‘Vuyks Rosy Red’
Bergenia ‘Sunningdale’
Berberis atropurpurpurea Nana
Buddleia ‘Harlequin‘
Buxus sempervirens
Ceanothus ‘Concha’
Ceanothus ‘Blue Mound’
Centranthus ruber coccineus
Centaurea ‘Montana’
Ceratostigma willmottianum
Choisya ‘Aztec Pearl’
Choisya ternata
Clematis alpina ‘Jacqueline Du Pre’
Clematis tangutica
Clematis ‘Venosa Violacea’
Cornus alba ‘Elegantissima’
Cornus sanguinea ‘Midwinter Fire’
Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’
Cotoneaster conspicuous ‘Decorus’
Daphne burkwoodii ‘Somerset’
Daphne odora ‘Aureomarginata’
Dicentra spectabilis Alba
Erigeron karvinskianus
Euonymus ‘Emerald Gaiety’
Euphorbia characias
Euphorbia martinii
Gaura lindheimeri
Geranium ‘Ann Folkard’
Geranium phaeum ‘Lily Lovell’
Hebe albicans
Hebe angustifolia parviflora
Helianthemum ‘Ben Ledi’
Helianthemum ‘Wisley White’
Helictotrichon sempervirens
Helleborus sternii Blackthorn group
Helleborus orientalis
Hydrangea ‘Annabelle’
Hydrangea quercifolia
Hypericum ‘Hidcote’
Iberis sempervirens
Lavandula ‘Nana Alba’
Lavandula ‘Melissa Lilac’
Lavandula ‘Hidcote’
Libertia grandiflora
Liriope muscari
Mahonia x media ‘Charity’
Nandina domestica
Nepeta faassenii 
Nerine bowdenii
Olearia haastii      
Origanum ‘Herrenhausen’
Osmanthus ‘Burkwoodii’
Peony ‘Sarah Bernhardt’
Peony ‘Duchesse de Nemours’
Perovskia ‘Blue Spire’
Persicaria affinis ‘Superba’
Philadelphus ‘Manteau d’hermine’
Pittosporum ‘Tom Thumb’
Pittosporum tenuifolium Purpureum
Pittosporum tenuifolium Variegatum
Potentilla fruticosa ‘Princess’
Potentilla ‘Monarchs Velvet’
Rosmarinus ‘Miss Jessops Upright’
Rosmarinus ‘Severn Sea’
Salvia officinalis Purpurascens
Salvia x sylvestris ‘Mainacht’
Salvia ‘Caradonna’
Sambucus ‘Sutherland Gold’
Sarcococca confusa
Sedum ‘Munstead Red’
Skimmia ‘Fragrans’
Skimmia ‘Rubella’
Spiraea ‘Anthony Waterer’
Stipa gigantea
Syringa microphylla ‘Superba’
Trachelospermum jasminoides
Verbena bonariensis
Viburnum x bodnantense ‘Dawn’
Viburnum carlesii ‘Aurora’
Viburnum davidii
Viburnum plicatum ‘Mariesii’

Designed by Janet Bligh

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