Project: Gloucestershire Stone Cottage Garden
Skills: Landscape Design, Garden Design
This cottage and stable building is set on a hillside with lovely far reaching views over the Cotswolds. The garden was just laid to lawn which gently sloped downwards towards some fields with a B road in the distance.
The brief was to screen the main garden from the front borders and driveway, to include a large terrace and barbeque area, and to plant in a cottage garden style.
To complement the cottage a Cotswold dry stone wall was built to divide the gardens and encircle a large lime tree. The wall is used to form the backdrop of a built-in seating and barbeque area. The lawn was levelled and a low retaining wall was constructed with wide shallow steps leading up to a large terrace and a raised stone pool. Here Sue filled the borders with a mass of lavender, erysimum, white penstemon, variegated sage and herbs giving a lovely scent around the cottage doors and windows. In the main borders she planted a ‘Paul’s Scarlet’ hawthorn, rowan and crab apple trees for seasonal interest and to mask a nearby telegraph post and the main road where it was most noticeable. The lawn was framed with soft and warm tones of flowering shrubs and perennials from pale apricot to deep pinks and rich purples. In order to embrace the local countryside, Sue planted the driveway borders and walls with brightly berried pyracantha and holly and the beautiful winter stems and lovely leaf colour of the dog wood cornus elegantissima.
This idyllic countryside retreat took two months to complete. It now gives its owners privacy and a lovely tranquil garden in which to relax with vistas of pretty borders full of cottage garden plants framing the distant hills.
We are delighted with our new garden, working with Sue was a pleasure, she was always willing to discuss every aspect of the garden layout and its contents with us and experiment with things until we got exactly what we wanted.
Mr & Mrs P Lawrence, Dursley