Formal Cottage Garden & Kids Fun Features within the Landscaping
Category: Cottage Gardens & Traditional Gardens
Garden Design Project: COTFGD001
This formal Landscape Design project involves various parts of the grounds around a much-extended country property, set in countryside surroundings, but in an elevated position overlooking the Firth of Forth.
Drawings were hand drawn and to scale (no Landscape Design Software Used).
The main areas developed during this Landscape Design project were the 300m2 garden immediately in front of the house, an elevated, wooded area to the rear of the property, and a sloping paddock to one side of the house.
The client required access through the gardens along the front of the house, an attractive approach to the front door, and a Paved area immediately outside the kitchen, where there was a further door.
This 'formal' Cottage Garden is set on three levels, following the levels of different additions to the building, which reflect the gradient of the natural landscape. The upper section includes the path to the front door. This is paved with Indian Sandstone and flanked by lavender borders and a lawn to each side.
The rear woodland area was intended to become a further play area for the client's children. Access to this area was created by building a stone Retaining Wall and setting in a series of informal turfed steps formed by oak Sleepers.
These steps lead to a 100m2 play area set into the woodland, with willow hurdle edging, playbark, a scratch-build treehouse and a handmade oak swing.
Reclaimed stone sets have been used as a lawn and path edging throughout to enhance the 'always-been-there' feel of the Cottage Garden.
This was then banked up with soil, profiled and turfed to create a quite sculptural effect. The trampoline sits perfectly within the circular pit. Draining was included at the bottom of the trampoline to prevent flooding.
Planting includes a mixture of perennial Plants and Shrubs with an emphasis on deep reds, blues and purples. The borders were planted in traditional Cottage Garden style as far as possible, given the climate. Other suitable plants were chosen to provide a simple formality in some areas of the garden, while still being sympathetic to traditional planting and period style.
This Landscaping project has proved to be a great garden with something for everyone, adults and kids alike.
Submitted By: Jos Finer BA Dip PSGD (Distinction)