Rald is a landscaping design firm based in south Oxfordshire, that is passionate about creating bespoke, timeless gardens. Whether situated in the countryside or in a town, Rald is committed to working with each individual client to find a unique design solution that fits with the existing or proposed property and its surrounding landscape
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Rory Andrews Landscape Design Garden With a View


Garden With a View

Garden With a View

Taking on a garden project with such a stunning view was a real joy. The brief was simple: To create structure and softening in the garden, without detracting from the view, whilst blending garden and landscape together.

The existing, rather dilapidated summerhouse was to be replaced, with pathways leading to it for all-year-round access. With this in mind the self-binding gravel pathways were created around the garden, making the new steel-edged lawn a sculptural feature in itself.

Large herbaceous borders surround the lawn and paths, containing a mixture of herbaceous planting and drifts of grasses, which create late-summer structure, moving into autumn and winter. This structure is bolstered by random-placed, clipped Yew domes, which pick out the trees dotted throughout the surrounding fields.

To the foot of the lawn is a low Yew hedge, which is essentially a full stop to the formality of the garden, beyond which meadow turf has been laid surrounding a gravel terrace, thus creating a rustic feel around an space to enjoy evening drinks in the fading sun. The summerhouse is nestled within this meadow, whilst being slightly obscured by what will be organically clipped Hawthorn shapes. Within the meadow sits a low ha-ha wall, which creates the infinity view that can be seen in the pictures.