I used Corten steel to combine contemporary shapes to link up with this Grand Design house as well as referring to the rural presence of rusted metal. Flower colours are deliberately strong, with the odd pink and purple giving way to colourful Dahlias and Altromeria (the gardener is in tears about the appetite of deer in this garden but that’s another story).
The raised pond is faced with the same Shoreham stone as the front of the house, with bespoke bullnosed beige sandstone providing the coping stone. Pleached hornbeam surround the pond giving it symmetry and seclusion, as well as allowing views between its underside and the Yew which will one day be cloud pruned around the perimeter. Four entrances, aligned with the four directions, allow light and air to flow through the sitting area.