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Town garden with raised pool, Haslemere, Surrey

By Hampshire garden designer Janet Bligh. The clients of this garden wanted to create a large outdoor dining area by the house with a pergola to provide some shade, and to keep an open feel to the garden.

Town garden with raised pool, Haslemere, Surrey by Hampshire garden designer Janet Bligh

They were also keen to incorporate a water feature, a herb garden, a compost area and lighting into the scheme. The planting was to provide colour all year round but to be relatively easy to maintain. Although the house is traditional in style, the clients have modern tastes so the design needed to work on both levels. The soil is sandy and slightly acidic and the garden has areas in both sun and shade.

Town garden with raised pool, Haslemere, Surrey by Hampshire garden designer Janet Bligh

A large sandstone terrace leads down to the lawn by means of broad stone steps. Water falls from a raised L-shaped pool over a copper chute, into a lower pool at ground level.

Town garden with raised pool, Haslemere, Surrey by Hampshire garden designer Janet Bligh

This provides a focal point from inside the house as well as from the main seating area outside.  A substantial oak pergola covered with a wisteria & a vine will, in time, provide shade over a large section of the south-facing terrace.

Town garden with raised pool, Haslemere, Surrey by Hampshire garden designer Janet Bligh

A lower gravelled area with brick detailing provides additional seating area for morning sun and includes two small herb beds. Generous borders with airy drought-tolerant planting soften the hard landscaping.  Low box hedges create structure and some formality. Lights were included in the scheme to illuminate the steps and the outdoor dining area as well as a large silver birch in the centre of the lawn.

Town garden with raised pool, Haslemere, Surrey by Hampshire garden designer Janet Bligh

The large planting beds around the main lawn are laid out in a circular shape with metal edging to ensure that the crisp edges are maintained. A small circular seating area cuts through the larger border, with sandstone setts continuing the line of the lawn edging. 

Town garden with raised pool, Haslemere, Surrey by Hampshire garden designer Janet Bligh

This provides a secluded seating area to enjoy the last of the evening sun.  Key drought-tolerant plants used in the sunny areas of the garden include Lavenders, Nepeta, Euphorbia, Knautia Macedonica, Verbena bonariensis, Salvia, Agapanthus, Stipa gigantea and Pittosporum.


PLANTS

Trees
Cercis Canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’
Pyrus salicifolia Pendula

Hedging
Buxus sempervirens

Shrubs
Acer palmatum dissectum ‘Garnet’                       
Acer palmatum
Azalea ‘Hatsugiri                       
Berberis ‘Rose Glow’
Ceanothus ‘Concha’
Choisya ‘Aztec Pearl’ 
Cistus corbariensis                       
Cornus alba ‘Elegantissima’
Corylopsis pauciflora               
Euonymus ‘ Emerald Gaiey’
Euonymus ‘Red Cascade’       
Hebe ‘Midsummer Beauty’                   
Hebe ‘Margret’
Hibiscus ‘Marina’   
Hydrangea Annabelle   
Hydrangea quercifolia
Indigofera heterantha
Lavandula ‘Grosso’   
Lavandula Hidcote
Osmanthus burkwoodii   
Perovskia ‘Marina’               
Perovskia ‘Blue Spire’
Pittosporum tobira Nanum
Philadelphus ‘Manteau d’hermine’
Pieris ‘Flaming Silver’                   
Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Variegata’                   
Pittosporum ‘Tom Thumb’
Potentilla ‘Primrose Beauty’
Potentilla ‘Abbotswood’
Ribes speciosum ’Pulborough Scarlet’       
Rosmarinus ‘Miss Jessups Upright’
Syringa microphylla ‘ Superba’           
Viburnum bodnantense ’Dawn’     
Viburnum davidii       
Vinca minor Argenteovariegata

Perennials               
Agapanthus ‘Headbourne hybrids’
Alchemilla mollis                       
Anthemis ‘Sauce Hollandaise’
Artemesia ‘Powis Castle’
Bergenia  ‘Sunningdale’
Bergenia ‘Bressingham White’
Brunnera ‘Jack Frost’                   
Centaurea montana   
Epimedium niveum
Epimedium x versicolor ‘Sulphureum’       
Erigeron karvinskianus
Euphorbia ‘Humpty Dumpty'
Gaura lindheimeri
Geranium ‘Brookside’
Geranium phaeum   
Geranuium phaeum ‘Album’
Geranium macrorrhizum ‘Czakor’                           
Geranium maccror. Spessart
Geranium psilostemon
Geranium sanguineum album
Iberis sempervirens
Knautia macedonica
Lirope muscari               
Nepeta sibirica ‘Souvenir d’Andre Chaudon’           
Nepeta ‘Six Hills Giant’                       
Nepeta ‘Walkers Low’                           
Nerine bowdenii    
Origanum ‘Herrenhausen’   
Penstemon ‘Sour Grapes’
Phlomis tuberosa ‘Amazone’                   
Phlomis russeliana                       
Salvia ‘Caradonna’
Salvia ‘Mainacht’                       
Salvia officinalis purpurascens
Sedum ‘Purple Emperor’                   
Sedum ‘Herbstfreude’
Verbena bonariensis   

Climbers
Chaenomeles ‘Nivalis’                   
Clematis alpina ‘Constance’
Trachelospermum jasminoides
Vitis ‘Brandt’

Grasses
Amenanthele lessoniana                   
Pennisetum ‘Hameln’                       
Stipa gigantea       

By Janet Bligh