Welcome to a new season of gardens, landscapes, landart, bringing outside in and design inspirations. September always finds us turning our attention back to our homes and interior improvements, renovations and changes. These go hand in hand with what is going on outside - in your garden, the look of your front of house, your wider landscape. Continuing to blur the boundaries between inside and out is the key nowadays to a successful look and a stylishly comfortable home.
Judges House by HC Gardens
North End by HC Gardens
Winter falls by HC Gardens
North End by HC Gardens
The Bield by HC Gardens
With Autumn around the corner there is a whole new amazing season to look forward to. Just as we do every year we will be sharing the best of Autumn and the season's trends here. Autumn is a time for planning and prepping - whether you are planning a new garden design / landscape or adding to and enhancing an existing one. So let's get busy then...
"British artists have a peculiar ability to immerse themselves in the landscape, to see it's dirt as well as it's divine glory"
Wildlife in the Nest garden, HC
As Brits we are inherently eccentric (some more than others), and we as a company believe that this should shine through in gardens and landscapes.
Every personal garden and outdoor space deserves to be considered as much as the interior of the property it belongs to. We welcome the unusual and wonderful choices that can be made by home owners in their gardens, in fact, we encourage them!
This is what gives them all their own unique signature style.
Stone chaise longue at The Bield, HC
It is definitely the Alice in Wonderland era in terms of design and style. People are breaking more and more from convention and giving themselves permission to be bold and out of the ordinary. Less with the following - the 'more is more' attitude is being embraced, enabling us all to become tastemakers instead.
Landart by Richard Long
'Belonging' by Patrick Murphy Studio
Bird apartment by Nendo
it's Modern Prairie time
Landart by Andy Goldsworthy
Prairie style is everywhere - flooding catwalks and influencing interiors. It is influencing our garden and landscapes designs with more and more clients craving the natural look of wildflower meadows and prairie style planting.
In Burford House's productive garden our clients have areas of beautiful and quintessentially English wild flowers which informalise the parterre garden.
The effect is magical.
This trend towards the more natural look sees cut flower garden designs becoming more wild and in turn is reflected in the arrangements by home owners bringing outside in.
Year by year we are laying more lands to meadows and creating mini-meadows in smaller space gardens.
'Falling Garden' by Gerda Steiner & Jorg Lenzlinger
Over the last 2 months we have been changing the look of our website, alongside launching our new portfolio and new logo - hence committing the cardinal sin of not posting a new blog for 6 weeks. We vowed we would never be so slack but in this case believe we at least had a good excuse! We hope you will take a fresh wander around our site to see all the changes.
The portfolio area is particularly exciting for us because we finally have a format where we can upload as much content as we like. At present there are some snapshot pages of Autumn gardens, cut flower gardens and Winter gardens that we have created alongside featured signature gardens and a new area of bijou gardens and courtyards.
We will continue to add to it every month and soon be able to fully share the look and merits of the gardens and landscapes throughout the seasons and as they evolve and mature over time. A concerted effort will be made this Autumn to do night shoots in order to capture gardens such as North End, The Bield, Robbie's bijou garden and Foxfire to name-but-a-few in their evening attire with their lights on! Afterall, garden lighting is integral to the spaces that we design.
this seasons design inspirations
Palette, texture, tone and reflection are our key words this season.
Vieux Port Pavillion by Foster & Partners
Zwembalkons in Mumbai
Land Art Thessaloniki
Jelly fish in Toyama Bay
Red is micro trending in garden design - but only if used like a splash (see North End in our portfolio)
or to punctuate a scheme - never to be used as an overall palette.
Painterly meadow with wild red Poppies punctuating it.
Red is an emotionally intense colour - it evokes strength, power and passion but can also raise blood pressure so probably best to not over do it in a garden!
'Ascension of polka dots' by Yayoi Kusmama
London Fashion week
Lake retreat AU
Pale & interesting
The Bield garden in completion right now adheres to a monochromatic palette, but one that leans towards the pale end of the spectrum.
Inky black waters under The Bield bridge give depth to this modern Cotswold garden.
F&B paint comes in to major play in this bespoke HC garden. We will be looking at this in more detail in a future blog featuring the painted garden buildings, auto gates, front of house, log stores, etcetera.
Landart by Letha Wilson
Unknown - giant sparkling white dinosaur spotted in a Cornbury back garden. See the car to get an idea of scale.
We have been looking at injecting more dark tones in to gardens. Above : Hydrangea against garden wall painted in F&B 'Railings'.
Hello George - design inspiration! via Yayoi Kusama
Landart - 'Clouds' by Michael Sailstorfer
Landart - 'Karma' by Do Ho Suh
Landart by Yoshimoto Nara
White Blooms, HCG
the Autumn palette
So cycling back to Autumn again, we predict a season with a slightly more muted, pared-back palette compared to last year's autumn riot of reds and oranges... we shall see (either way Autumn will be looking glorious).
Some of our September design inspirations -
Landart by Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs
Transparent Church by Pieterjan Gijs & Arnout Van Vaerenbergh
There is an elephant in the room by Daniel Firman
Delusions of grandeur by Magritte
Summer endeth (well clocks change) 26th October
There has indeed been a lot of rain of late but don't be lulled into a false sense of security, or ignore your garden's potential needs just because it is September. September can get hot and be very dry so keep an eye on keeping your outdoor space watered.
George sure is.
Home other sources: Annie Leibovitz/ Kiera Knightly for Vogue, Esquire, The Guardian, Pinterest, Aesthetica, Indulgy, Londonista