The Site: Ingleton courts garden is a steep slope upwards going away from the house. Split into two flat lower tiers and a third that slopes up steeply to the top of the garden. The levels were split by Sandstone walls that were almost beyond repair with some poorly built narrow steps running up the side.
The Brief: Our task was to design a garden that the whole family could enjoy whilst also being a grown up space for entertaining. We needed to find a solution for the often wet lower terrace and bring the rest of the garden into use.
The Design: We decided to change the lower two tiers from turf and create two areas with detailed hard landscaping and lots of rich planting. We designed a new wider set of steps in the middle of the lower wall to create a journey through the garden. On the lowest tier, there is a courtyard surrounded by a large bed with the sandstone steps leading up to the second tier. At the top of these steps we designed a stone seat built into the next Sandstone wall with a path leading up the side of a pond to the base of the second, larger set of steps. These take you to the top of the garden and another small Sandstone patio from which you can see the whole garden whilst enjoying the evening sun.
Construction and Planting: A large amount of the construction time of this project was taken up by rebuilding the existing Sandstone walls, each piece needing to be reshaped and then relaid. The paving is Mint Indian Sandstone with two areas of 'Burgos Nostalgie' clay pavers.
The planting is mostly herbaceous perennials with Lupins, Agastache and Papaver mixed with some evergreen shrubs, Azaleas and Taxus.
Finished Garden: The garden is evolving beautifully with the planting playing an even bigger part and is striking a wonderful balance between hard and soft landscaping. The garden now feels much bigger and is a better space for the whole family.