Sweeping Sculpture Garden - Malmesbury, Wiltshire

Garden lawn with cobble stone border, architectural planting and sculptural horses resting in the background.
Sculptural horses gracefully grazing.

A tired and plain garden with a few trees on the boundary and the unusual yet handsome sculptural timber horses without a defined home. Due to our client spending a lot of time at home both relaxing and working with clients popping in, a key requirement was to create views and focal points from certain windows and doors. The narrow shape of the garden and position of the sun didn’t warrant having a large terrace immediately adjacent to the house.

Milbourne, Malmesbury
our role
Garden Design & Planting Implementation
Private Residential
240 m²
Granite paved sett path leading to a circular patio with a backdrop of ornamental screens softened by ground level planting.
Beautiful dandeline Corten steel screens edging this welcoming terrace.

Our design brought in a meandering flow to the lawn allowing for shrub borders to be created to add interest to the boundary. A home was found for the horses beneath the existing silver birch tree and amongst a border of long grasses to give the impression of horses grazing in a meadow. The main entertaining terrace was sited to make the best use of the sun throughout the day and evening. This was edged with Corten steel decorative feature panels giving an attractive and interesting backdrop to the terrace. A sweeping cobblestone pathway connected the various seating areas back to the house. Recycled garden sleepers were set vertically and randomly through a plant border to be used as plinths for the client’s smaller sculptural pieces all of which were carefully positioned to be enjoyed from various windows of the house.

A beach inspired border flooded with cobbles with plants popping through.
Cobblestone border softened by considered planting.
A long view of the garden lawn, sculptural horses, patio, cobble border and architectural planting.
Sweeping borders creating subtle movement through the garden.
Vertically placed timber sleepers set within a plant border with a background of Ferns and two Acer trees.
Recycled aged Oak sleepers providing a plinth for sculptural features.
A screened off section of the garden using horizontal batons. Oak sleeper retained border with purple slate and planting.
Contemporary timber screening with feature Acer tree.
A view of the lawn with circular patio, granite sett path and planted borders beneath the existing silver birch trees.
Contrasting paving textures subtly defining routes and simplistic natural planting enhancing the grazing horses.