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MODERN COTTAGE GARDEN, HEATON CHAPEL

Another small terraced house back garden that aims to create a modern cottage garden feel. The cleint was drawn to the modern raised bed idea with integrated wooden seat but still wanted something quite traditional. Reclaimed Cheshire brick edging to match the terraced house brick provides circle-themed structure to the hard landscaping, with cobble setts to suggest a cottage theme.

The planting scheme is essentially cottage with roses, classic cottage garden perennials and herbs; with the odd fruit specimen too. Prior to the garden's redesign, the area was relatively low in comparison to the alley that runs along the back of the garden; making it a pooling area for rain water and consequently a rather boggy garden. During the groundworks we raised the level of the garden to even out the levels making the garden less prone to waterlogging.

This garden also faces north making the area near to the house devoid of any sunlight. The original lawn stretched the full length of the garden and proved difficult to maintain; not only was it waterlogged in areas but was full of moss and not exactly inviting. Under these difficult growing circumstances the decision was made to install an artificial lawn; something, I have to say, I was not overly convinced with to srtart. However, weighing up the alternatives [hard paving] it proved to be a great choice. Artificial turf has been developed over the years and looks much more realistic and provides a permeable, softer alternative to hard paving. With a baby on the way [the client's], a softer play area was also looked upon as a bonus!

Other features include a living wall section to brighten up a wall facing the kitchen window.


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