Study Garden, Suffolk

A former rose garden, set in a sheltered, sunny position and flanked on two sides by beautiful, high brick and flint walls and overlooked by a large, low study window.

The brief was for a strong design with richly varied planting and a much more relaxed feel - perhaps with the tone set by the golden colour and tall dancing elegance of the giant feather grass - Stipa gigantea.

We created a loose series of concentric circles which span all four beds at once. Seedling Box from elsewhere in the garden will eventually develop into soft mounds at the centre of the circle, the strong evergreen structure of Helleborus sternii currently anchors the planting. The shimmering oat-like flowers of Stipa gigantea are given depth by the cherry red buttons Knautia macedonica, the duskier heads of Allium sphaerocephalon and the pale, slightly purple-flushed flowers of Penstemmon digitalis 'Husker's Red'. Another allium, 'Purple Sensation' is planted generously in the purple-blue circle of catmint where it provides an energising upright rhythm.

The garden before planting.

Bulbs provide early colour
in the new garden.