A Modern Cottage Garden in Herefordshire

Church Cottage was the place we were seeking as we trundled down a narrow rutted country lane not far from Ross -on-Wye. Look for a definition of an English Cottage Garden and the main elements will be lawns with borders full of randomly planted perennials put together with no thought given to colour. The gardens at Church Cottage were so different. The garden was the creation of a garden designer who described herself as a plantaholic.

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We were soon absorbed in the soft planting and enjoyed the many calm places to sit and rest.

It seemed that the wildlife appreciated this garden as much as we did.

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After a quiet sit with tea and cake listening to the birds in every bush, tree and overhead and watching clouds of butterflies exploring the borders we set off for a most enjoyable wander.

It soon became apparent that this garden was designed by a gardener with a great eye for combining colours beautifully.

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There were archways, pathways and framed views to entice the visitors. Sometimes we were taken down a pathway as the design gave no choice but at other times choices were presented. Often equal choices. So visitors were sent and guided much of the time but on occasion the choice of route was totally up to the visitors themselves.

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In just the same way as the powerful design of the garden took us on journeys, on occasion we were stopped in our tracks by interesting and enthralling objects or cameos.

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But as in any garden the stars of the show were the plants and in this gardens some of the borders were exceptionally beautifully planted. There were outstanding plant groupings.

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This was a garden that appealed to us when we read the info in the Yellow Book and although it was further away than our usual day trips we just had a feeling it would be worthwhile. It was hard to find – but it was so worth the effort. We loved it!

About greenbenchramblings

A retired primary school head teacher, I now spend much of my time gardening in our quarter acre plot in rural Shropshire south of Shrewsbury. I share my garden with Jude my wife a newly retired teacher , eight assorted chickens and a plethora of wildlife. Jude does all the heavy work as I have a damaged spine and right leg. We also garden on an allotment nearby. We are interested in all things related to gardens, green issues and wildlife.
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8 Responses to A Modern Cottage Garden in Herefordshire

  1. What an interesting garden. I’ve never seen those square metal container with rocks. And, that butterfly takes your breath away with its beauty. You could have posted just that photo and I would have been a happy reader. You UK gardeners are lucky people to be surrounded by so many opportunities to see such beautiful gardens.

    • The square containers with rocks are called gabions and are used a lot here by garden designers who use them as seat, garden dividers, insect homes, and even used by landscape architects to create large banks. Malc

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  2. bittster says:

    What an intense garden, it seems there’s more in a few square yards than in my entire garden. I can imagine all the bird and insect activity going on!

  3. Butterflies on coneflowers get me every time–lovely gardens.

  4. What a lovely collection of snaps here Malc! Played catch up. You’ve been busy. Margie

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