30 September 2022
Located in the coastal village of Rush, Tully Landscapes were engaged to design and implement this large garden project which has been ongoing for the last decade. The house is situated on an exposed south facing site overlooking Rogerstown Estuary. Careful consideration was given at the design stage which took advantage of the site aspect, identifying and creating spaces that provide shelter whilst maximising the views.
Access to the site is through an existing entrance and a new formal entrance gate and wing walls were designed and constructed, with the size in proportion to site and allowing access for large vehicles to the farmyard at the rear of the site.
Due to the severe slope of the site, a strong, long curved retaining wall was constructed in white limestone dry cut-stone to the front, creating an inner garden around the house and providing shelter from the open surrounding landscape. Dry cut-stone walls were constructed to provide shelter and define the terrace to the rear, and large format porcelain tiles were selected to suit the scale of the terrace. Bespoke Kilkenny Blue Limestone steps, capping, kerbs & cobbles were used throughout the garden creating a visual link between spaces.
Planting was kept simple, with Portuguese Laurel and Copper Beech hedging selected as screen planting along the front boundary and low box hedging planted to enhance the formal design of the entrance gate. Specimen trees including Norway Maples, Silver Maples, Lime trees, Himalayan Birch & Hornbeam were planted in new woodland areas and Hawthorn was selected for additional boundary hedging.
The rear terrace garden includes Japanese Maples, Magnolia, Lilac, Liquidambar and Japanese Pagoda Tree which were selected for their unusual foliage or autumn colour. The final addition of colour included big blocks of herbaceous planting such as flowering carpet roses, Hydrangea, Agapanthus & Salvia, and clipped yew topiary was selected to give form, texture & colour to the garden.
Effect lighting was installed, with spike lighting to highlight selected specimen trees, wall lighting to highlight key areas and lighting bollards lining the entrance driveway.