Situated in England’s largest National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site the importance of the location was at the heart of this respectful design.

The client was keen to create a design that blended with the surrounding landscape.  The design is built around a central path which meanders through the site, allowing access to different zones and planting areas.  Seating areas have been positioned through out the site for both entertainment and quiet contemplation, allowing the client to maximise the changing light .

The site is outward looking, sloping downwards towards marsh land at the lowest level.  The views from the house are breathtaking towards the spectacular craggy Northern Lakeland Fells and the forest of Grizedale.

The planting has been designed to feel wilder and more naturalistic the further you move from the house.

The terrace borders are planted with herbaceous perennials selected from a limited palette of purples, white and green.  The borders include a high proportion of ornamental grasses, these mirror the grasses in the marshland beyond the garden.

Large piles of boulders have been placed in the garden in three areas to create monumental rockeries.  These have been planted with ornamental grasses which retain their form throughout the winter alongside grass like perennials to add splashes of colour.  The banks in the garden have been planted with wild flower plugs which will come to life early in the year creating further zones of interest.

Calamagrostis acutiflora Karl Foerster has been planted around the lower seating areas towards the bottom of the site to form a natural screen and a, protected, sheltered area to sit in the evening.  The outer part of the meandering path has been laid with wild flower turf which comes into it own in June and July creating height and interest.