This is a very large garden in Berkshire – originally a nursery & was virtually a blank canvas.
Anne is a successful shoe designer & her husband flies helicopters in his spare time so I had to design a suitably stylish garden & consider a space to land! They were very open minded & liked the proposals I made as we walked around the plot. The house is modern so my design was a simple grid comprising groups of squares as the theme to tie in with its simple styling.
A very large parterre surrounds a dining terrace leading from the kitchen at the rear of the house filled with masses of purple lavender, bay tree pompoms & rich purple beech trees for clarity & structure. I like to use a minimal palette, & mass plant. This way the impact is great & the garden is both unified & dramatic.
The Summer house between the square pools with its oak frame is a perfect shelter & party zone whilst also reflecting the style of the main house. This garden was designed to work year round with a great structure, evergreen planting & vital sight-lines to work from the house & back to it from the pool.
Beyond all this were paddocks where we’ve planted heritage trees to flourish over the next 50 years & make this garden even more beautiful for future generations. I loved designing it & feel very proud looking at these photos. Thank you Anne & Andrew, it was a pleasure!
Here is Ann’s review “Joanne was an absolute delight to work with. Her knowledge was immense so when she sat with us initially to talk about the type of design that we were looking for, she had a lot of input and ideas. We did not really have a firm budget as the idea was to create the design and then implement it over a period of time. Joanne understood what we were looking for and came up with a fantastic plan. This comprised of a scale drawing of the garden and a booklet detailing the planting and specifications for each area. It has taken us a few years to complete the work and we are almost finished – just boring stuff like getting the drive re-done now. The outcome is fantastic and this summer we have enjoyed having friends and family over for BBQ’s etc. and have really enjoyed thgarden. The compliments have been many. We would strongly recommend Joanne and in fact have done to some friends of ours. She has just completed a design for them which we are yet to see, but it sounds wonderful”.