Cottage Garden Design with a Woodland Walk

Woodland garden before

Woodland garden before

Woodland garden after

Woodland garden after

Garden Design, Gloucestershire

Last year in 2013 my clients bought an adjacent piece of scrubland bordering their cottage garden, with a boundary fence between the two.
The cottage and garden sit at the top of the hill with extensive views over Gloucestershire and the adjacent piece of land slopes down to the road, levelling out at the bottom.
When I was called in for a garden design, the scrubland had been cleared and a temporary area of hard standing put down for extra parking. The land had no access to the property and was open to the main road making parking insecure.

The Garden Design Brief

The Brief was to link the two areas, domestic garden and woodland. The woodland would have extra parking for family and friends near the road with a path up through the wood to the cottage. Two new eating areas were needed in the cottage garden, one sunny and one shady with a deeper shrub and herbaceous bed for existing plants.

The Garden Design

Garden Design

Garden Design

My client’s home is both cosy and traditional which has been reflected in the design and the materials used throughout.
The flow of the design was determined by the lay of the land and surrounding countryside whilst making the most of the stunning distance views.
Stepping-stones in the lawn lead you from the front door to the start of the bark path with sleeper steps down through the wood to the car parking area.
A large shrub and herbaceous bed was prepared to the right of the stepping-stones to accommodate the many plants dotted around the garden and create an attractive screen from the road. It was decided to keep a section of the old boundary fence for privacy until all the planting matures.

Newly planted border

Newly planted border

Existing Hebe

Existing Hebe

Hellebors in spring

Hellebors in spring

Hebe

Hebe

There is a larger hard standing area for extra parking and the land is now secured from the road by an entrance gate, softwood fence and native hedge as shown in the ‘after’ photo at the top.
The parking area, bark path and sleeper steps have been lit for winter and evening use.

Garden lighting for steps

Garden lighting for steps

Garden lighting

Garden lighting

Building and Constructing the Garden

It was decided to build the design in two stages leaving the two new eating areas until next year whilst linking the woodland to the house.  Landscapers at the Cotswold Garden Company worked tirelessly through horrendous weather during January and February to get it finished and did a great job.

The Planting Design

The new shrub and herbaceous bed had been planted with existing plants gathered from all corners of the garden, bringing them together in one bed. They were all moved in the winter so it will be interesting to see the colour scheme in the summer!
A few larger plants will be put in soon for structure and screening from the road but the majority of the planting will happen in the autumn of 2014. In the mean time the ground will be sprayed throughout the summer to create a clean bed for plating later in the year.