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Garden Design Projects in Cornwall

Rumbold–Ayers' most recent garden design project in Cornwall is profiled below: click on the “read more” links below to see the full story:

Coastal Garden for Self-Build Contemporary Style House, South Coast, Cornwall

A coastal garden design near Falmouth, Cornwall Summary: Garden design for a coastal site, including landscape plan and schedule of hard and soft landscaping finishes to satisfy planning conditions
Location: Falmouth / Truro
Scope of work: Conceptual Design; Landscape Plan, Schedule of Hard and Soft Landscaping, Maintenance Specifications, and Tree Protection Specification (to satisfy planning conditions); Detailed Design and Specifications, Lighting Plan, Planting Plan, Plant Supply
Garden design for coastal garden in Cornwall

Cornwall coastal garden designintroduction

This new waterside house, designed by award-winning Brixton architect Stan Bolt, lies just 20m from the waterside. The house is a modernist design on three levels, with a stone clad lower ground floor and “buttress”, predominantly glazed upper ground floor, and zinc-clad first floor.

the design

The house is approached across a forecourt, bounded on two sides by the house and garage. The irregular geometry of the forecourt and angled external stairs to the upper ground floor are reflected in tapering paved strips, forming a triangular pattern in the reinforced gravel parking and turning area. The detailing of the forecourt paving leads the eye to the logical destination points, creating a sense of arrival. A rebuilt Cornish hedge, with further planting on the front boundary, both enhances privacy and links to the local vernacular style. To avoid interrupting sea views, the front planting is limited to shrubs and herbaceous perennials.

The back garden is accessed through the patio doors on the upper ground floor which open onto a 4m square deck. The views through the patio doors are important, as this is the kitchen and dining area of the house. Rendered masonry raised beds, with a thin veil of ornamental planting, provide a decorative foreground linking the deck to the lawn that sweeps up behind.

Stone paved steps lead from the deck around the north west edge of the lawn to a circular sun terrace, located for optimum sunshine. A second set of steps provides an alternative route between the deck and the lawn. Beyond the sun terrace the lawn widens further up the slope into a less formal area, and is bounded by un-cut meadow grass and trees which provide a gentle transition to the rear boundary and large shrubs beyond.

The side boundaries are fenced with timber panels and existing wire fencing, with new and existing trees and shrubs to provide screening and privacy.

- construction Q2/Q3 2013
- planting Q4 2013/Q2 2014

Designing a Cornish Garden

There are plenty of inspiring gardens to visit in Cornwall. Some of our favourites include:
  • Trebah Gardens, Mawnan Smith near Falmouth – a ravine running down to the Helford river, full of exotic giant gunnera, bamboos, and a delightful hydrangea-edged lake: don't overlook the planting just by the cafe, either.
  • Trelissick Garden near Truro – large parkland estate, but the 20th Century gardens around the house are the interesting parts, with excellent tender and exotic plantings.
  • Bonython Estate Gardens on the Lizard peninsula – although the house and grounds are Georgian, new owners have brought a modern and exotic twist. One of the most interesting gardens in the south west.
Gardens contribute significantly to the overall "coastal Riviera" feel that makes Cornwall so distinct from the rest of England. Much of Cornwall can be considered coastal, but there is a vast difference between the wild north coast and the relatively benign south coast, and the garden designer must look out for local micro-climatic effects. Soils are generally acid and, inland, there are extensive areas of moorland and peat bog. The local stones are slate and granite, and a traditional Cornish garden design might well include a "Cornish hedge" (stone faced bank) or stone wall.

So, if you're wondering what to do next, why not call us for an informal chat on (01722) 714443.

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