Contemporary cottage garden

Our brief was for a countryside garden with space for outdoor dining that would blend seamlessly into the countryside. Enclosed by a locally made split hazel fence, it sits beautifully within the rural landscape. A matching screen cunningly hides the boiler and a charming arched gate leads out of the garden into the lane.

The hard landscaping materials of oak and Indian sandstone gracefully compliment the timber framed house. Two bespoke floating oak steps allow air to flow around the base plate of the house,  these have been underplanted with ferns.

The sculptural oak pergola was built in situ using green oak posts and hazel poles. An integrated bench provides permanent seating with a view to the surrounding countryside. Terra cotta pot lights were made for the pergola by Chris, these have been hand decorated with unique gold interior patterns.

The planting scheme is low maintenance and has a high proportion of evergreens. Twisted hornbeams are underplanted with ferns and Lady’s Bedstraw. Three varieties of ground cover Thyme will form low mounds in between the cobbles and the lawn, in the summer these will be a haze of pink and white flowers.