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Contemporary Walled Garden

When existing clients bought a large building plot outside Cheltenham in the Cotswolds, they invited Chameleon Design to design a new garden to complement the architect-designed house sited at one end of the one acre walled garden.

This very exciting commission has been recently completed and features curved terraces next to the house, stepping down to follow the lie of the land, from a sawn yorkstone paved dining terrace on the top level to a generous hardwood deck near the west facing boundary wall. The terraces are edged by a water feature which starts by welling up to fill a great vase form, spilling from there into a rill running alongside the dining terrace, which then opens out and ripples over a chadar wall in Cotswold stone. This feeds into a sweep of shallow water culminating in an impressive waterfall into the bottom pool, which is crossed by a deck bridge, and heavily planted at the far end to provide natural water cleaning. Bespoke arched pergolas echo the sweep of the house roof, as well as the rolling landscape beyond.

Planting started in Spring 2010 and features swathes of graceful grasses and meadow-style perennial plants, to soften the hard landscape next to the building. Raised beds next to the house and the old garden walls take advantage of south- and west-facing aspects and include many perfumed shrubs and climbers. At the far end of the garden, tree planting will mature in years to come to create a woodland feel with a winding path through dappled shade. In response to the clients’ preferences, the planting throughout will be rich and varied in texture, form and colour, providing year-round interest. A large leaf-shaped lawn in the centre of the garden creates calm and repose.

This has been a wonderful scheme to work on and the combination of a large plot in a beautiful rural setting with few constraints, and very high quality contemporary architecture, has been inspirational. We used 3D computer modelling throughout the design process to ensure that the clients and contractor were able to understand the complex design and bespoke features, and this approach also allowed us to test out the size and shape of the spaces and features to ensure that they would work well when built.

Photos by David Hall and Rose Lennard
Water features by Fairwater Ltd
Construction by Beam Construction
Soft landscape implementation by Cotswold Estates & Gardens Ltd

  • Large country garden near Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
  • Dramatic geometric pergola designed by Rose Lennard
  • bespoke water feature in contemporary garden by Rose Lennard
  • yorkstone paving and water feature in Cotswold country garden
  • water feature and prairie planting in contemporary walled garden
  • water feature in large modern country garden design by Chameleon Design
  • bespoke arched pergola and shadar wall designed by Rose Lennard
  • view to unusual contemporary pergola over dining terrace
  • Quince trees in bespoke planters designed by Chameleon Design
  • Arched pergola over aquatic planting in contemporary Cotswold garden
  • Unusual glulam timber pergola in large garden near Cheltenham
  • view to house in stylish country garden in Gloucestershire
  • Raised brick built bed with Verbena bonariensis and Persicaria affinis
  • Large country garden in Gloucestershire by Chameleon Design
  • Peaceful seating area by water feature



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