These wonderful clients have farms all over the world and were keen for something Mediterranean for their home in Essex. So Tom plumped for the terraced hillside look that also coped with the pre-existing slope. Previous landscapers had used Purbeck stone around the house that helped dictate the material for the walls. The clients had collected various antiques including cathedral mullions and a wonderful Italian well that was worked into the design.
The terrace closest to the house is quite formal using English roses and Hydrangea paniculata. Subsequent terraces become more au natural with Rosa moyesii and grasses, leading to a wildflower meadow and orchard. To blend into the parkland, the terrace ends morph into sculpted organic tiers wonderfully termed “Earth Moons” by Nina Reinhardt who worked for Tom at the time. The farm pond was extended around the house to create a moat-like entry to the garden and aquatics were planted to provide a ‘curtain’ and set the mood. Main thoroughfares were paved with Raisby golden gravel and the rest left to grass. The clients were trusting, patient and adventurous and coupled with excellent contractors, Countryside Services, this made for a wonderful experience and end result.