Transforming Limitations into Beauty: The Unique Design of the Georgian Rectory Garden in Dorset
The garden of this beautiful Georgian rectory in Dorset is quite spacious, but it is situated on top of a hill with a steep drop-off. This unique topography presented us with the challenge of working with a tight and oddly shaped area near the house for the formal garden.
Our solution was to create a ‘D’ shaped lawn, surrounded by curved borders. Beyond this area, the focus shifted towards creating a smooth visual transition into the woodlands, so that the garden integrates with the surrounding landscape and gives the illusion of extending further than it actually does.
We incorporated a selection of traditional English garden plants, including an abundance of roses and topiaries. The use of clipped copper beech added a contemporary touch.
To connect the lawn with a terrace made of limestone chippings, we designed simple, curved grass steps that gently merge the different levels. On this limestone surface, we planted a variety of traditional ‘English rectory plants’ that are historically associated with this style. The profusion of plants near the formal front door creates a delightful sense of softness, immediately captivating anyone stepping out from the house.
I am enchanted by this garden, particularly the strategically placed groupings of plants near the front door. It has inspired me to enhance my own backyard, which currently feels a bit bare with its gravel area.
I now have great inspiration to introduce random mounds of plants here and there, effectively breaking up the space. The way they appear almost as if they are floating is simply enchanting. This garden was designed by Arne Maynard.