Form and function were both key in designing this large Hampshire farmyard, which had to be practical and beautiful. We had to consider tractor and other farm traffic and what to do with the massive volume of concrete that had to be removed, whilst still producing a beautiful setting for our clients.
It was a huge challenge – the concrete was crushed and reused as a sub base supporting new water-permeable gravel, the large expanse given structure with a linear motif of golden flecked granite setts.
Amelanchiers were underplanted with ferns, Astrantia, Geranium and Centranthus ruber ‘Albus’ – making for an easy to maintain, long flowering scheme which lifts the largely shady space whilst providing nectar for pollinators.
Swathes of underplanted quantities of bright yellow tulips and soft white narcissus look wonderful with the Amelanchier x lamarckii blossom, and herald the return of spring.
With a little creativity and planning, we think the transformation from a purely functional space to a practical yet elegant space is truly wonderful. If you have a space that has a specific set of needs but you want it to be more than just functional, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team.