Working with John Pardey Architects, we provided the landscape design to redevelop an existing 1970s prairie-style house set within the South Downs National Park overlooking the River Itchen valley. The garden reflects the strong linear form of the house through the use of paving pattern, stone gabions and planting design.
Our aim was always to retain an understated feel to the garden due to the close relationship with the landscape beyond. This was quite a challenge and the planting took months to refine and to remove unnecessary decorative detail. The final plant mix is defined by a river of Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah', an ornamental grass which runs the entire length of the planting area. Panicum grass was selected as it combines warmth in foliage colour with a light and airy feel.
The remaining planting weaves in and out creating a matrix of supporting species which change in character through the seasons.
Photography by Richard Chivers.