SMALL COTTAGE GARDEN

When the owner of this tiny garden contacted me, she was unhappy with how drab and unsuccessful her previous landscaping was. Narrow borders flanked an empty rectangle of gravel. She told me she wanted colour and a cottage garden feel with somewhere to sit surrounded by flowers. All this in an area 9m x 5m. I was delighted to help.

For such a small area a really simple layout was required, with strong geometry. A curving block paved pathway sweeps across the space, with a circular seating area and trellis arch. Trees have been added for privacy and structure. An old fish pond was modernised to fit the circular theme, and the borders are crammed with wildlife friendly planting. Some evergreen shrubs provide winter backbone, but this is all about spring and summer colour.

CHGD looks after the garden to help it develop and the client now loves being outside.

Circular box hedge surrounding block paved circle. Allium 'Purple Sensation', Erisymum 'Bowles Mauve' and Persicaria bistorta superba
Small circular seating area surrounded by box hedge and plants. Urban slate fencing with purple flowers
Alliums and persicaria bistorta with purple wallflowers in a small cottage garden in Leicestershire

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