Dale & Heybrook Garden Designers Oxford

A wonderfully located, corner plot city garden had in it little but  grass.  Its unusually generous size conveyed its history as originally being three separate plots of land.  This led to it not feeling like a united whole and relics of the previous subdivisions included odd level changes. Also, an adjacent new public building spoiled the view and removed any privacy. As a result, this extraordinary asset was never used by the family.  In addition, the owners had a collection of sculptures needing a good setting in the garden.
 
Dale & Heybrook Garden Designers designed different areas to make sense of the rambling footprint, with each new space having its own logic and sense of place.  Ground levels were altered as necessary and the handsome York stone paving was lifted and reformatted to create generous borders filled with exuberant planting near the house and around the appealing terrace.

A new wide set of steps improved the connection of the house with the rest of the garden inviting people to explore beyond; including a woodland area with dappled light where Japanese maples and shade-loving flowers flourish and a wild-flower orchard with the family's favourite fruit varieties.  The public building was instantly screened by 10m tall fragrant Thujas and mature evergreen magnolias. Finally, the sculptures were carefully sited and framed by planting, allowing them to shine.

At the front of the house, the garden is mainly required for parking.  Pleasing shingle, topiary and successional planting make a truly welcoming place to arrive home.  By the front door, a splendid copper planter is replanted throughout the year for seasonal variety.

The planting is contemporary in feel with clipped box and repeated plants and we used a palette of orange and purple, the owners’ favourite colour flowers.  New trees provide balance in the large space.  Dale & Heybrook Garden Designers selected elegant and seriously comfortable new furniture and found a gardener, the garden is now used every day!

Dale & Heybrook Garden Designers Oxford
Dale & Heybrook Garden Designers Oxford
Dale & Heybrook Garden Designers Oxford
Dale & Heybrook Garden Designers Oxford
Dale & Heybrook Garden Designers Oxford
Dale & Heybrook Garden Designers Oxford
Dale & Heybrook Garden Designers Oxford
Dale & Heybrook Garden Designers Oxford
Dale & Heybrook Garden Designers Oxford
Dale & Heybrook Garden Designers Oxford
Dale & Heybrook Garden Designers Oxford
Dale & Heybrook Garden Designers Oxford
Dale & Heybrook Garden Designers Oxford
Dale & Heybrook Garden Designers Oxford
Dale & Heybrook Garden Designers Oxford
Dale & Heybrook Garden Designers Oxford
Dale & Heybrook Garden Designers Oxford
Dale & Heybrook Garden Designers Oxford
Dale & Heybrook Garden Designers Oxford
Dale & Heybrook Garden Designers Oxford