Thursday 27 March 2008

A Cottage Garden

After a big restoration project on this old farm workers cottage the garden was designed to complement the building and to fit the lifestyle of the new owners.

  • To create a country Cottage Garden but with a contemporary twist
  • To use natural stone, recycled timbers and sleepers from the original building to be incorporated into paths and edgings wherever possible linking to the house
  • A large, gravel swing-in gravel car parking area
  • Low maintenance as pos
  • A Terrace to entertain
  • Beautiful, aromatic sun-loving plants around the main doorway and to edge the paved terrace and car park area
  • To retain some of the original plants of the cottage if pos.
  • To use the dappled shade within the Garden as an area of contrast to the sunny, south facing terrace
  • To create a long, shadey border along the bottom boundary of the property to forma pleasing view from the house and terrance and to conceal the boundary fence
  • A romantic place i.e. an Arbor to incorporate fragrant planting
  • To find a solution to the problem area in deep shade on the boundary with neighbours

Over the past 5 years a long-term relationship has built up between Designer and Clients. This has accommodated both change and unexpected developments i.e. loss of tree in gale, old fruit trees finally succumbing, new babies and family additions, new extension…

A hands-on approach, combined with good plant knowledge have allowed for adaptions. A creative flair has led to the log Dragon and Tree Fernery in a difficult shadey area. The children are now making their own additions . . .


At 17 January 2010 at 00:21 , Anonymous Cottage Garden Design Gal said...

Great post and a true cottage garden design inspiration! I do love how this garden style is so wonderfully adaptable.


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