Garden Visit: Bury Court part 2

In the second of our two posts about Bury Court, we look at the garden designed by Christopher Bradley-Hole.

The front garden was a later addition to Bury Court and provides a contrast to the courtyard garden. This garden is designed around a formal grid pattern of rusted steel-edged beds and gravel paths and the garden is planted with swathes of tall grasses mixed with carefully selected flowering perennials to create a dream-like meadow feel.* A contemporary reflective pool and seating area are at its heart.


The linear design of the seating area ties in with the grid pattern of the garden layout. The spaces between the wooden uprights provide framed vistas of the surrounding garden.


The arching stems and golden flowerheads of the grass Stipa gigantea stand out amongst the greenery of the surrounding foliage.


Hakonechloa macra ‘Alboaurea’ cascades over the side of the corten steel edging.


The dark pool reflects the sky and the foliage of the grasses that run alongside.


The masses of rich red bottle brush-like flowers of Sanguisorba officinalis form a silhouette  against the sky.



One of the paths that intersect the garden flanked either side by deep borders filled with different grasses and perennials.


A mass planting of Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’. The upright stems and form of the grass echo the vertical wooden panels of the building.

Further information:

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Christopher Bradley-Hole –

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Garden Visit: Bury Court

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.



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


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.



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



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


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.


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



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




Inspiring planting combinations can be seen throughout the garden.


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


Eryngium, anthemis and stipa tenuissima in combination.


Eryngium and phlomis paired together.


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



Topiary is used here to create a lattice effect.


Broad leaved bog and marginal plants fringe the pond.


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Photo credits: Garden Design Eye

Garden Visit : PalmenGarten Frankfurt

Garden Design Eye found ourselves in Frankfurt recently and always on the look out for new garden experiences we paid a visit to the PalmenGarten in the heart of the city and found an impressive display of late summer and autumn planting on show. We’ve showcased some of the highlights of the gardens in this post.

A vibrant and exuberant border display.

The violet spires of the Perovskia contrast with the pink umbels of the Sedum.

The purple flowerheads of the Verbena bonariensis and contrasting orange and yellow flowers at the front of the border make a pleasing combination.

Nicotiana, Gaura and Verbena in combination.

The fiery and tropical colours of the Canna synonymous with late summer planting schemes.

The rich autumnal tones of grasses play a key role in the success of this planting scheme.

Perovskia planted en-masse combined with a selection of late summer flowering grasses.

This prairie style planting has ethereal qualities.

Grasses used to great effect in a lightly shady woodland area of the gardens.

A view across the ornamental lake with the Rhododendron Garden on the far side of the lake.

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