Country Garden Ideas – This Project Using Antique Limestone Will Give You Some!


Filmed over 18 months, this blog and accompanying video document the complete
renovation and creation of this country garden in Bramshaw in the New Forest. Designed by
the Rich Brothers of Rich Landscapes, this one is perfect for some serious country garden
inspiration. The beautiful design is centred around two outdoor living spaces, a water feature,
and some lush planting which rolls out onto the New Forest countryside.

Built by our friends at Paul Cass Landscapes, the main patio terrace was created using our
Portmore Limestone paving, and the water feature was capped with the matching limestone
copings. This limestone is a wonderful choice for projects such as this due to the tumbled and then
brushed finish which gives the paving bags of charm, character and a premium feel.

We popped over to Bramsaw to take a look at the finished project and chat to the Rich
Brothers about how they came up with the ideas for the garden. We asked them what the
main theme for the garden was and how they decided on the elements to create this
stunning transformation.

The Rich Brothers: “The clients wanted to extend the garden, opening the space up so that it
flowed from the house. They felt it was lacking in unity and useable space. We’ve
incorporated different areas with the patio and water feature which travel out onto the lawn
and trees beyond. With the planting, we’ve included lots of seasonal planting, with bulbs and
perennials to give the garden colour and texture all year round. There’s also some lovely

grass paths through the meadow that wind around the beautiful mature oak. The garden starts
quite formal, working off the lines and structure of the house, before softening and curving,
working its way of into the New Forest fields. We’ve added lots of topiaries for structure
with the perennials for softness. As well as the limestone paving which matches with the
interior, there’s some lovely reclaimed brick used for the steps, which ties in with the heritage
feel of the house. We’ve really enjoyed working on this project with Paul Cass, although we
did notice he worked a little harder when the drone was filming him!

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