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a victorian cottage garden

The brief for this small Victorian cottage garden was for a level of formality incorporating the clients’ love of box hedging, somewhere to sit, all year round interest and some much needed storage space.

Although this area is small, there was an opportunity to incorporate some level changes and the sunken garden was constructed from cobble stones and is one step below the rest of the garden. Access to the sunken garden is across one of the slate bridges, which span the fish pool. Stepping up from the sunken garden, there is an iron arch, with seating either side. Straight ahead is the gazebo. A path to the right of the sunken garden leads from the other slate bridge along a gravel path, between the borders, and to the gazebo. A shed and pergola provides storage and a covered area.The terrace is immediately outside the kitchen door; herbs have been planted in the beds close to this area. Raised beds have been constructed along the left hand side of the garden. Box hedging (Buxus sempervirens) has been planted along border edges and four olive trees (Olea europaea) are planted in each corner of the sunken garden.

a victorian cottage garden images

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Acer palmatum
Exochorda x macrantha ‘The Bride’
Prunus laurocerasus ‘Otto Luykens’
Viburnum bodnantense ‘Dawn’
Viburnum x burkwoodii etc

Alchemilla mollis
Carex oshimensis ‘Evergold’
Geranium ‘Ann Folkard’
Geranium renardii
Heuchera ‘Palace Purple’
Lavandula angustifolia
Liatris spicata
Liriope muscari
Verbena bonariensis
Veronica spicata etc

Actinidia kolomikta
Clematis alpina ‘Frances Rivis’
Rosa wichuriana
Rosa banksiae ‘Lutea’ etc

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