COTTAGE – A GARDEN FOR A PRETTY STONE THATCHED HOUSE
“I have to say I am pleased with the layout – it works well and the best part is that it has already lost its “newness”. It has attracted a lot of positive comment from the neighbours and I’ve even had visitors to the village stopping to take photographs.” SH
This modern cottage garden design is the second design I have made for my client after a move to a pretty listed cottage in a village on the Somerset/Dorset border.
The garden had a shallow slope across it, it wasn’t very severe but it felt uncomfortable, and it also had a small terrace outside the kitchen which had been surfaced with a faded black concrete paving tile – not in keeping at all with the old Stalbridge stone that the cottage was made from. Narrow uneven steps led up to a larger terrace which felt very exposed and was constructed from the same rather nasty once-black tiles, and a tumbled down rubble wall running perpendicular to the house was home to a small amount of uninspiring planting.
My client loves gardening and wanted to do her own planting design, but needed some structure to the garden first. My priority, then, was to sort the levels out but also to give her more appropriate spaces in which to sit and feel secure, plus lots more areas of planting, especially outside the several sets of French windows from the house.
ONE OF THE ISSUES OF THE SPACE WAS THAT THE FRONT DOOR WAS WITHIN THE GARDEN, MEANING THAT THERE WAS NO SENSE OF PRIVACY OR SANCTUARY WITHIN THE GARDEN
To overcome this, I designed a small ‘entrance garden’, enclosed with a drystone wall and planting, so that the functions of entrance and relaxation could be separated, creating a much more comfortable space.
Bringing the terrace down to the level of the kitchen, and taking out the rise between house and garden with a low wall, allowed me to create decorative paths which lead the eye through the garden and give the space some much needed structure. This new terrace also allows the planting to run parallel to the house, so that the plants are visible from inside.
Finally, a bespoke drystone wall bench, to be backed by small trees and large shrubs, has been positioned to catch the evening sun. My client may want to garden but understands how important it is to take time out to sit!