The English Garden

Walls That UNITE

The danger of building a sleek, modern home within an old, brick-walled garden is that, as garden designer Helen Elks-Smith points out, it could have looked as if “an alien had landed”. Never fear: her clever planting and layout have skilfully avoided any uncomfortable juxtaposition, instead successfully marrying the contemporary, architect-designed building with the surrounding, time-weathered walls.

This old walled garden, at the Winchester end of the South Downs, had previously been attached to a nearby manor house, but the land was sold off in the 1960s, at which point a one-storey house was built on the half acre of ground inside its walls. “It must have had quite a funky architect

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