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Cottage garden design

This cottage garden design was built using traditional materials and planting but we still kept it low maintenance.

This cottage garden design incorporated some existing features. The original owner of the property, in 1930, built a wonderful raised bed with granite setts and we simply extended the raised bed area to give a larger planting area. The soil was in excellent condition and made planting easy.

We framed the garden with decorative lattice square trellis which we painted with Cuprinol sea grass. This garden got the sun in the morning and late afternoon and evening and the open trellis allowed the light to penetrate the garden.

An area near the entrance to the garden was paved and an arbour built. We went for an Apex arbour from Forest craft made from natural treated wood. It was placed at an angle to get the late afternoon sun. The remaining areas of the garden were covered with membrane and mellow Cotswold stone gravel.

The entrance arch into the cottage garden

A rose arch was built at the entrance in this cottage garden design, and painted sea grass to blend with the fencing panels. On either side of the arch we planted roses and clematis to climb up and over the arch. As the colour palette for this garden is pastel pinks, blue, purple and white we used a mid-blue Clematis Macropetala and a salmon pink climbing rose Zephirina Drouhin. 

 Viburnum Kilimanjaro with teapot bird feeder

Along the fencing we transplanted a Viburnum Kilimanjaro from another part of the garden and it has thrived, loving its new home and spreading rapidly. We also planted pink perfection rose, clematis Wisely Cream and Clematis Montana.

Further forward in the bed we planted a mixed border. I personally prefer to have a mix of evergreen shrubs with perennials, herbaceous plants and deciduous shrubs. I like to be able to look out on a garden where there is still shape and form even in winter, when bare branches and grasses can create a beautiful picture.

The plants included Hydrangea sensational pink, Euonymus Japonicus Paloma Blanka, Astramaria major roma and Orlaya grandiflora. I have kept to the pastel shades and avoided reds and yellow. Using a limited palette of colours helps the garden to have a feeling of cohesion and creates a specific atmosphere.

Planting under Birch tree

There was an existing mature Birch tree which we framed with brick and planted up with Hebes and grasses. We also planted spring bulbs which unfortunately made very good meals for the squirrels!

Our cottage garden design comes together

The path to the illusion mirror door

The soil was levelled and a base put down for a winding path leading to an illusion mirror gate which gives the impression that the garden path leads to another part of the garden. The brick path was laid using Brindle block paving from Bradstone.

Spring planting

The existing separate planting bed was edged with bricks. We planted climbing plants to cover the fencing including Ceonothus blue, Passiflora purple haze and clematis nelly moser – an old favourite which I planted in my very first garden at the age of 18 when I was first married. This bed had some existing planting which we are watching to see what comes before replanting.

Along the narrow border beside the neighbouring house we planted a climbing rose compassion Spirea, clematis the president,  Chaenomeles pink lady and  Nemorosa cardonna. Gradually we will populate this area.

Bubbling water

A water feature was placed in the middle of this bed which attracts birds to drink and bathe. 

The garden at night

Finally in our cottage garden design we added lighting. We placed post lights along the path and hidden spike lights illuminating the water feature entrance arch and planting.

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