Janet Bligh Garden Designs
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Country House Garden, Haslemere, Surrey

This garden was designed to enhance a newly renovated Arts & Crafts House just outside Haslemere in Surrey. The first stage of the project was to create an intimate space outside a contemporary extension. The design is simple and bold with running water, a reflective pool and soft planting. The house interior style is minimalist and the garden is viewed from the oak and glass extension and needed to work sympathetically with both the traditional exterior and more contemporary additions.
Once this area was designed and landscaped, I was commissioned to design a roof terrace above the swimming pool and gym, to re-design and plant the garden entrance and to design a planting scheme for the long borders along the rear of the house.
Country House Garden, Haslemere, Surrey
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Water flows from a raised pool, along a rill to a large slightly sunken reflective pool. The water garden is surrounded by soft planting and makes the most of the stunning views beyond. Photo credit: Janet Bligh
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A stainless steel water sculpture by sculptor Barry Mason, was commissioned to be viewed from the main living space in the house. It sits inside a circular Yorkstone pool and is lit at night. Photo credit: Janet Bligh
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This is an intimate 'garden within a garden' - creating an enclosed space for the family within the larger estate. The stainless steel water feature is a focal point from within the house. The planting is a mix of structural shrubs and topiary, and softer ornamental grasses to provide seasonal interest and movement.
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Long borders were designed with plants to cope with sunny dry conditions. They provide seasonal interest but don't detract from the magnificent views of the Surrey countryside.
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This roof terrace was designed to blend with an existing Yorkstone terrace, but to add a more contemporary feel. The stone balls and bespoke planters are illuminated at night. The planters also have hidden irrigation.
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This self-contained water feature was designed by Barry Mason. Photo: Janet Bligh
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Stone balls are used as ornaments on the roof terrace. They are lit from below by outdoor lights which were fitted in the paving. Photo: Janet Bligh
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A view across the terrace showing the reflective pool and planting. Photo: Janet Bligh
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