New Jersey Estate, USA
- Cold Climate
- Country Estates
This charming garden surrounding a traditional white-boarded New England house was created by Randle Siddeleyfor American clients inspired by the English gardens they enjoyed during their time living in England.
The original garden did not sit well with the property as it was a graded, sloping garden leading directly into the surrounding woodland. Randle Siddeley was commissioned to re-create a beautiful English-style garden that had purpose and definition whilst also trying to disguise the driveway which swept down from the top entrance overlooking the rear of the property – as well as reducing the scale of the front entrance driveway which had an island in the middle.
The clients brief was to create an English Garden with avenues of herbaceous planting along with plenty of recreational space and al fresco eating areas for the long hot New England summers. We made use of the sloping terrain to design a series of connecting terraces and garden rooms including an herbaceous avenue, a lawn with a petanque court and an avenue of clipped hornbeam.
The pool area was re-landscaped incorporating the existing paving and an attractive new pool house was created which reflects the architecture of the main house. Drainage was a terrible problem as the ground was very hard work due to being heavy clay and whenever there was a lot of rain the garden became flooded. A sophisticated system was created from the driveway down across the terraces in order to give much greater drainage.
The client had collected an interesting collection of antique garden artifacts and contemporary art which were then positioned around the garden. A bronze horse’s head by the sculptor Nic Fiddian-Green takes pride of place on a plinth positioned within a semicircle of conifers.
Many of the trees and herbaceous plants were grown to order – a masterful blend of oriental poppies, lilies, campanula, acanthus, salvias, delphinium, aquilegia, geranium, lavender, roses and clematis all combine to create a beautiful and romantic English haven across the pond.