Small Cottage Garden West Malling

Brief: To turn the tired, uninspiring town garden of this period property into a pretty Cottage Garden with space for relaxing and entertaining.

Solution: The first decision was to remove the scrubby grass and reduce the weekly maintenance. I decided to open up the space by removing a small wall and create a larger patio area for entertaining, using Heath Sawn Sandstone with bullnose steps to match. Stepping stones provide a link to a smaller seating area from which the house can be viewed and this is linked to the shed and back round to the patio via a gravel path. Decent size beds were created for the cottage style planting. Finally the dark and dingy side return was replaced with a path and gravel garden to keep maintenance to a minumum.

The garden already had a lovely wisteria and several clematis adorning the fences. Three pleached Hornbeams and a large standard tree where added to screening neighbouring properties. The rest of the planting is a mixture of small, evergreen structural plants and cottage plants such as salvias and astrantias in the sun, with hydrangeas, ferns and foxgloves in the shadier areas. Bulbs have been planted to extend the colour and interest throughout the year.

Built by Tattersall Landscapes. Planting by Claire Moreno Garden Design.

© Claire Moreno 2014