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Cotswold Cottage
Verdigris Courtyard
The Shared Urban Garden
The multi-functional small urban garden
Unknotting a riverside garden
The Long, Thin, Lost Garden
An Urban Courtyard
The "Nowhere-to-Sit" Garden
Developing a Six-acre Garden
A New Border


Cotswold Cottage

Following on from a major renovation and extension, it was difficult to unpick the garden of this Cotswold stone cottage from the detritus of building work. The shape and sweep of the clipped Yew tree in front of the house gave inspiration.

Balancing access paths to pedestrian gate and parking, the need for privacy, planting that was manageable with a young family, but also made an impact, a low, curved retaining wall topped with lavender helped define the areas of this garden and give it shape.

Timber-edged paths were softened with billowing, late-flowering Germander and punctuation marks of upright-growing rosemary and box provide evergreen structure. Concentrated herbaceous planting for early to late summer is constantly in view and climbers and wall shrubs around the house and outbuilding provide bursts of colour.

The Yew tree now hosts a swing, a trampoline sits unobtrusively between it and a new winter border, a vegetable garden is in full production and the screening shrubbery to the road side begins to take effect. With planning and patience and close attention from the owners to early maintenance a lot has been achieved in two years.


finished garden

finished garden



Cotswold before

building the new garden

Cotswold garden rebuild

Cotswold returf

finished garden


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