Bury Court in Surrey showcases the work of two leading designers; Piet Oudolf and Christopher Bradley-Hole. Garden Design Eye were excited to get the opportunity to visit Bury Court where both of these designers have created gardens.

In the first of two blog posts we take a look at the walled garden at Bury Court designed by Piet Oudolf.

The contemporary walled garden is a well-known garden recognised for its grasses and hardy perennials. Planted in 1997, the walled garden was the first naturalistic garden designed by Piet Oudolf in Britain*. The planting in the garden is a mixture of the ornamental grasses and perennials that are his signature.

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A cobbled stone pathway works its way around the garden and past luxuriantly planted borders and sculpted box and yew hedges.

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As the visitor follows the path around the garden, different vistas of the garden and its areas of planting are presented, such as the stylised meadow in the background of the photos above and below.

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The meadow planting uses Molinia grasses and is interspersed with red clover “Trifolium rubens” and foxgloves, plus other perennials.

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A closer view of the meadow planting, here the emerging stems of Allium sphaerocephalon mingle with the flower heads of the red clover.

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The deep borders on the eastern side of the garden are filled with taller plants at the back of the border, such as the spires of the veronicastrum, and shorter plants at the front of the border, such as sedum and salvia.

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The mass of plants jostle for space and spill over on to the path. Geranium, salvia and agastache are used repeatedly in the garden.

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Stipa gigantea grasses add their stature, elegance and height to the borders.

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Inspiring planting combinations can be seen throughout the garden.

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Contrasting foliage forms and textures; Rodgersia, digitalis and gaura.

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Eryngium, anthemis and stipa tenuissima in combination.

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Eryngium and phlomis paired together.

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Plants with spires and strong vertical accents are much in evidence.

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Topiary is used here to create a lattice effect.

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Broad leaved bog and marginal plants fringe the pond.

*source: http://www.burycourtbarn.com

For more information:

Bury Court: http://www.burycourtbarn.com/gardens

Piet Oufolf: http://www.oudolf.com

Photo credits: Garden Design Eye

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