Come with me on a walk through a traditional cottage garden in England. I took these photographs last summer when I visited Grafton Cottage. Ethne Clarke could be writing about Grafton when she says,
A cottage garden is above all things a place of uncontrived beauty, easily enjoyed, where labour is well-rewarded and quiet pleasures satisfied. Ethne Clarke, English Country GardensGrafton Cottage is owned by Margaret and Peter Hargreaves. I found Peter a charming and welcoming host and Margaret a knowledgeable and passionate plantswoman. I discovered their garden in the National Garden Scheme's The Yellow Book 2014. The National Garden Scheme has been opening gardens to raise money for charity since 1927. Margaret's and Peter's charity was Alzheimers Research UK, a worthy cause indeed, and I was glad to be in England for one of their openings. This is how the Scheme describes their garden paradise ...
'Step into an English cottage garden and roam around the winding paths clothed with highly scented flowers, old fashioned roses, dianthus, sweet peas, phlox, lilies. The stately delphiniums form a backdrop to the herbaceous borders, over 100 clematis including 30 from the viticella collection. Wander through trellises and amongst campanula, achillea, viola and many more unusual perennials. Textured plants, artemisia, atrepex, heuchera form the basis of colour themed borders. Use of cottage garden annuals add to the tranquility.'
I stepped into their English cottage garden through a white picket gate.
I roamed around winding paths, through rustic arbors, among the wonderful profusion of cottage garden plantings.
The blue delphiniums were particularly striking ...
I was interested in the variety of materials used to make paths: various types of bricks and stone, as well as grass, evident as you scroll through these pictures.
They set up the garage as a pleasant tea room where delicious homemade cream teas were served. Also, there were cottage garden plants for sale. How I wished I could bring some home to America!
|Herbaceous border along the side wall of the garage.|
|A serene place to sit and maybe enjoy a cup of tea.|
|I love how the Japanese painted fern is tucked into the plantings at the base of the arbor.|
|Goats beard, delphiniums, roses.|
|Clematis and perennial geranium|
There was a small vegetable plot ...
I loved the natural materials used for plant supports in the kitchen garden.
|A water feature along the path to the back door.|
There were surprises around every bend, including a topiary corner ...
... and sedum planted atop a stone wall.
On a little brick patio, there was a delightful grouping of colorful annuals.
Grafton Cottage has been featured in Gardens Illustrated, local newspapers and on ITV. But nothing could be better than a visit to the garden in June. I hope you enjoyed the tour.
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