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English Cottage

The English cottage garden is most easily recognised by its informal planting style with billowing flowers overflowing onto paths, fragrant roses covering arbours and altogether softer lines throughout. Layering in the large borders is key in this type of design by allowing tall perennials at the back of the border giving way to decreasing heights nearing the front.

Focal points are created at end of paths, rills or ponds by the use of seating, stone structures or statues.

The English cottage garden has been a popular characteristic of our country for many centuries and allows the garden to be explored and enjoyed for its colour, scent and movement.

The modern English cottage design leans into the movement towards wild diversity, with plants to encourage bees and pollinating insects, and a more relaxed, wholesome, family-oriented approach to the outdoor space.