This fabulous period thatched cottage sits in the centre of a large garden which in turn nestles into the rolling Essex countryside. The owners had recently added a new extension to the rear of the property and wanted to improve the landscaping. The aim of this rural garden design was to
- open up the views from inside the property
- make the garden more interesting, inviting and usable and
- add value should the owners ever wish to sell.
This beautiful traditional country cottage is at least 300 years old and bursting with character. It has a thatched roof and butter-coloured walls. In short, it’s the kind of place that makes you go “ooo” when you pass it. Surrounding the property is a generous-sized plot overlooking paddocks and farmland.
Sadly, the garden, although well maintained, was limited. There was no space to sit or play. Nor was there anything to support the wildlife that you would expect to find around a property like this. What it did have though was bucket loads of potential. Starting with fabulous views of the surrounding countryside and an owner who was desperate to improve the usability.
One of the reasons for the original planting being minimised was typical of a country garden. Rabbits. Rabbits have voracious appetites and lovely soft garden plants are irresistible to them. Tapestry Design‘s planting plan used a simple palette of really robust plants. Scented shrubs line the path to the front door. The slope between the patio terrace and the informal lawn is stabilised by Meadowmat. A pre-planted wildflower turf which is happily also very low maintenance. Standard bay trees give height and rhythm to the garden.