Classic Cotswold garden
Garden project: design for ease of maintenance
This beautiful Cotswold cottage garden had become too much of a chore and the owner wanted low maintenance.
The owner of this classic Cotswolds garden found that it had become too much of a chore to maintain it. She enjoys entertaining and required more seating areas from which to see the garden and the wonderful views it enjoys. The house is a traditional, thatched cottage so minimalist, low maintenance planting would have looked out of place in the re-design.
Transforming the space
We set to work with a complete makeover of the garden and completely transformed the space, creating an extra outdoor 'room' for entertaining and relaxing. There were various precious ornaments to be incorporated in the design. With the garden as it was, they were hidden from view among all the plants.
Keep it simple
The key to a good design is to keep it simple. To keep a cottage style garden design low in maintenance requires sticking to plants that do not require too much attention. A typical cottage gardens uses annual bedding plants, which are time consuming. Instead, to keep the cottage look, we planted hardy perennial plants that emerge every year and only require cutting back in the autumn. In this way we manged to keep the spirit of a typical, traditional cottage garden.