One of the most enjoyable aspects of landscaping is reviving
the gardens of older properties, where generations have pottered
We had been asked to put the charm back into a cottage garden.
The clients knew that the garden was looking rather tired and
dated. The lawns were bare, the concrete paths and driveway
were crumbling. It was clear that it needed a complete makeover.
Designing the Garden
The finished garden needed to look as if it had been established
for a many years. We used old stone for the walls, matching
the stone of the cottage, and reclamation materials for all
the other features.
The clients wanted a pergola, so we designed one which had pillars
made from old reclaimed brick. The beams across the top were
constructed from reclaimed timber. Another feature we created
was a period style rose arch. In two or three years the roses
will be established and the arch will have blended in perfectly.
Often, when digging in people’s gardens you can come across
the unexpected. In this particular garden we discovered a drinking
well that had long since been capped. This meant some last minute
redesign – we wanted to restore it to former glories. We used
natural stone to rebuild it, and a roof was placed over the
top. The roofing tiles we used were reclaimed and identical
to those on the house. The pergola is perfect for growing rambling
roses. It was built on on concrete footings and had a metal
rod inserted into the centre of the concrete. Brickwork around
the rod makes it incredibly robust.
Tips from the Design Team
- When looking to source reclamation materials, always try
to take a few samples away to make sure that the colours
and textures are exactly right. We always check on site
that they compliment the property, prior to any construction.
- Stonework always looks best once it has matured. If you
can’t find any old stone to build with, you can speed up
the ageing process. Simply brush on live yoghurt!