The owner of this spring garden has used symmetry and formal lines to create a garden of allées and vistas. Cherry trees in full ephemeral bloom mark the entrance to the garden from the house.
Inspired by the gardens at Highrove and Hidcote, this seven-acre plot has been delineated by straight lines to break it up into smaller, more visually manageable areas. In this section, structure is provided by banded urns, box balls and Stipa tenuissima.
Neatly symmetrical, the pavilion garden marks the transition from formality to softer landscaping.
Glass suncatchers gleam in the borders around the pavilion garden.
One of the gardens seasonal highlights is the cherry tree avenue. The cherry blossom may be fleeting, but it is perhaps all the more precious for offering such a brief moment of pleasure.
Along with the cherry tree avenue and pergola walk, structure is provided by an avenue of pleached hornbeam underplanted with box balls and lavenders and linked by obelisks at each end. White benches provide one of the few places to stop and sit in a garden that invites you to keep moving along its many interlinking pathways.
An obelisk carved out of sandstone by a local craftsman marks the end of the hornbeam avenue at the far end of the garden.
A formerly silted-up pond has been brought back to life, complete with otters, brown trout and kingfisher, and surrounded by spring bulbs.
A beautifully planted streamside path now links the pond to the formal gardens.
In perfect keeping with the gardens ethos of walks with rewards, the pond now sports an elevated drinks deck, just visible here amid the mature trees.