A charming stone cottage in a pretty village. The garden to the rear of the property needed revitalising. French doors lead from the drawing room to a petty and serviceable crazy paved terrace edged by a low stone retaining wall atop of which was an awkwardly shaped lawn and a scatter of assorted sheds. In narrow borders around the lawn edge were some pretty and well established shrubs.
The sheds were dismantled and disposed of. A new summerhouse was positioned at the head of the lawn with compost bins hidden behind to keep them out of sight. The existing tall shrubs along the boundary were pruned and interplanted with other varieties of shrubs to contrast and compliment them.
Rhythm and interest are given to this cottage garden using circles of planting and lawn with grass paths between.
Plants used included those that are the essence of an English country garden, Delphiniums, Clematis, Lavender, Sweet Rocket to name a few, the colour palette purples, mauves, blues and white making sure to have lots of scent along with pollen filled flowers for the insects. A slim bed on top of the low retaining wall was filled with ground cover flowering plants to tumble and fall over the edges, so there is always a pretty backdrop for meals served outside.
Taking the lead from the timber boards on the garage, the oil tank was disguised with horizontal cedar boards.
There is a handsome brick wall along the boundary with the neighbouring property, to give extra height to the wall I chose a row of lollipop, topiarised evergreen Photinia, these were encouraged to grow out so their heads became one, they are clipped annually to make a hedge on stilts, the brick wall can still be seen behind the stems but the view of the neighbour’s house is diffused
Shade loving plants of Astilbe, Columbine, Ferns and Foxgloves sit prettily together thriving in cool shade providing leafy texture to a shady corner paved with a circle of clay bricks on which sit a bench and table, on the hottest of days my clients enjoy sitting here with a cool drink.