Wide Open Spaces: Country Gardens Fit to Inspire

If you have a lot of outdoor space to work with, a country garden might be for you. Romantic and serene, installing a country garden can play up the spaciousness of a lawn or fill it in with wild-looking plantings.

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Stepping Out

Stepped, circular lawns, softened by surrounding planting, provide an elegant transition from the terrace to the main garden of this country home.

British designer Lawrenson says:
"This Hampshire, UK property has an old-fashioned country pedigree — Jane Austen used to live nearby and visited regularly to collect milk. Its garden stands on a south-facing hillside with views across a valley, and I wanted to create a gentle descent into it from the house, with the wide circular steps gradually turning to take advantage of the view. Originally there was a narrow path and a vertical drop down into the main garden, so the new terrace and steps created space and a link into the main garden."

"The owners were a young family who needed usable space and wanted a spot from which they could enjoy views of the setting sun, hence the 'gin' terrace."

"I like to link a house with its surrounding landscape through its garden, and I am strongly influenced by the architecture I work with. But plants are my first love, so they take center stage. This garden’s bedrock is chalk with heavy clay soil on top, and its planting suits these conditions."

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Key Ingredients

Rambling Rector Rose (image 1); East Friesland sage (image 2); European red elder (image 3)

Adding Some Variety

Serbian bellflower (image 1); Red valerian (image 2); Bear's breeches (image 3)

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Excerpted from Garden Design

©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2009

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