Brockhampton Cottage, Brockhampton
Peter Clay Esq
Peter Clay, the founder of Crocus, the internet plant company, inherited Brockhampton and its wonderful views towards Ross-on-Wye and engaged Tom Stuart-Smith to create an ever-expanding garden immediately around the house. The result is a romantic mixture of structural planting and massed perennials in borders spilling away from the house. Topiaried columns of beech march along a grass terrace on one side of the house with views between them onto an orchard of perry pears. In the valley, Peter has created a lake, which by careful contouring of the hillside, is perfectly visible from the house. Here he has created a second, less structured, garden of trees and shrubs, approached through the wild-flower meadow.
Grendon Court, Upton Bishop
Mr and Mrs Mark Edwards
The garden at Grendon Court is also by Tom Stuart-Smith and shows his versatility as a designer. The scale of Kate Edward’s vision for the house and garden is breathtaking: on one side, part of the house was buried to create a new garden space; on the other the hillside was excavated to form a new terrace. The final result justifies her bravery and confidence in her designer. The garden surrounds the house and settles it happily into the landscape. Late perennial borders run away from new terracing by the house on either side of the main lawn leading to box and grass borders at the far end. The main part of the garden, which lies above the house and is visible from the first floor rooms, is approached by steps up the steep bank. A path through late summer-flowering herbaceous planting leads to a summerhouse and a swimming pool entirely screened by a mass planting of Miscanthus, which in September, will be at its best.
Scatterford Farm, Newland, Coleford
Scatterford Farm stands in a shallow valley on the western edge of the Forest of Dean. Around the 15th century yeoman’s house and farm buildings Sean Swallow, a garden designer, has created a garden over the last seven years. It is a garden that sits comfortably with its landscape, designed for the late summer when the mass of Lobelias, Asters and Eupatorium come into their own. There is a firm structure to the garden, particularly by the house where a hornbeam tunnel, under-planted for spring-flowering, runs along one side of a lawn which has an elegant oval pool at its centre. Dry-stone walls divide the various spaces of the house and moss softened steps lead gently up the slope onto another large lawn which, amphitheatre-like, has been sculpted into a series of curving grass terraces. A large stone barn, partially covered with Rosa filipes ‘Kiftsgate’, stands between the lawn and a large natural pond, lushly planted with marginals and drifts of Lythrum, Astilbes and Primulas.