An ancient and modern garden

For a manor house
in Oxfordshire

This Norman manor house was dominated by car parking right in front of the house, we moved the cars away and created a 'front court' so that the house is completely framed by garden. A line of pleached crab apples make a visual division between the drive and the garden, you approach the house by walking under them. The limestone chipping surface is planted with low box hedges which form a criss cross pattern - a contemporary version of a knot garden- which is peppered with aromatic lavenders and sages. Oxeye daisies float above the line of the hedges and in between the sculptural, clipped topiary shapes that punctuate the knot.

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