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Contemporary cottage garden in Buckinghamshire

By Oxfordshire based garden designer Richard Rogers.This south facing garden on the Buckinghamshire / Oxfordshire border blends contemporary design elements with traditional materials and clever detailing to create a strong connection between the house and garden. 

Contemporary cottage garden, Buckinghamshire By Oxfordshire based garden designer Richard Rogers

The terrace and main path are constructed from graphite coloured clay pavers forming sweeping curves that echo a curved boundary wall. These small pavers were reminiscent of cobbles, but the colour and sleek pattern they were laid in created a more contemporary feel.

Contemporary cottage garden, Buckinghamshire By Oxfordshire based garden designer Richard Rogers

2 circular lawns, one with a stepping stone path running part the way round, together with a curved bench, continued the use of curves within the design, but with additional straight paths that cut into these to add drama and overall direction to the garden.

Contemporary cottage garden, Buckinghamshire By Oxfordshire based garden designer Richard Rogers

A naturalistic water feature with a stream that ran into a reflecting pool. This area of the garden included large boulders of Cotswold stone to link with the stone used throughout the property and to create a sense of drama and feeling that the garden had always been there. Water was pumped to the top of the stream via a filter system to maintain clear water, through which native fish could be seen swimming in the pool.

Contemporary cottage garden, Buckinghamshire By Oxfordshire based garden designer Richard Rogers

New trees that were of sufficient maturity to add instant impact, many of which were multi-stem specimens that had a lovely architectural shape and offered glimpsed views, through their trunks, to other parts of the garden. Some of these trees were evergreen – Pines, Olives and Arbutus – providing year-round structure and continuing the mediteranean feel.

Contemporary cottage garden, Buckinghamshire By Oxfordshire based garden designer Richard Rogers

A new sun terrace – constructed from a composite charred timber decking, which harmonised with the clay pavers, and again combined a rustic and contemporary aesthetic. Within the decking we built a glass cover for the well that sat flush with the deck, could be walked over, and was lit at night to give a dramatic view right to the bottom of the well.

Contemporary cottage garden, Buckinghamshire By Oxfordshire based garden designer Richard Rogers

A feature wall – inset into a boundary hedge, which combined the charred timber decking and a Corten Steel ornamental panel. This panel was formed from an organic branch structure that linked with the twisted stems of the multi stem trees.

Contemporary cottage garden, Buckinghamshire By Oxfordshire based garden designer Richard Rogers

A remote-controlled lighting scheme, with several tree uplighters that added drama and extended the use of the garden late into the evening.

Contemporary cottage garden, Buckinghamshire By Oxfordshire based garden designer Richard Rogers

Large planting beds with a mixture of naturalistic and ‘designer’ plants and a planting palette that offered year-round interest. The owners enjoyed gardening so a wide range of species were used to add interest. We created different planting zones – gravel garden, woodland, water edge, ornamental perennial.

Plant list

Allium cristophii
Arbutus unedo
Asplenium scolopendrium
Stipa gigantea
Astrantia major subsp. involucrata 'Shaggy'
Dryopteris erythrosora
Salvia officinalis 'Purpurascens'
Convallaria majalis
Nicotiana sylvestris
Digitalis grandiflora
Alcea rosea 'Nigra'
Gaura lindheimeri
Cosmos atrosanguineus
Asplenium trichomanes
Allium sphaerocephalon
Melianthus major
Olea europaea
Osmunda regalis
Actaea simplex Atropurpurea Group
Echinacea purpurea 'White Swan'
Calamagrostis brachytrich
Foeniculum vulgare 'Purpureum'
Pinus sylvestris 'Watereri'
Verbascum chaixii 'Album'
Penstemon digitalis 'Huskers Red'
Prunus serrula
Gladiolus murielae
Bergenia 'Bressingham White'
Cephalaria gigantea
Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Hameln'
Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla 'Eva'
Euphorbia amygdaloides 'Purpurea'
Verbascum 'Helen Johnson'
Epimedium x rubrum
Anemanthele lessoniana
Athyrium niponicum var. pictum
Geranium renardii
Hosta (Tardiana Group) 'Halcyon'
Papaver orientale 'Royal Wedding'
Anthriscus sylvestris 'Ravenswing'
Narcissus 'Thalia'
Lavandula angustifolia 'Arctic Snow'
Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata 'Black Barlow' (Barlow Series)
Cenolophium denudatum
Lupinus 'Masterpiece'
Sanguisorba 'Tanna'
Armeria maritima 'Alba'
Dahlia 'Cafe au Lait'
Phlox divaricata 'Clouds of Perfume'
Nectaroscordum siculum
Maianthemum racemosum
Choisya x dewitteana 'White Dazzler'
Heuchera 'Stormy Seas'
Digitalis lanata 'Cafe Creme'
Primula japonica 'Postford White'
Lysimachia atropurpurea 'Beaujolais'
Viburnum x burkwoodii
Pinus mugo
Lychnis flos-cuculi 'White Robin'
Trifolium repens 'Dragon's Blood'
Angelica atropurpurea
Allium 'Mont Blanc'
Dahlia 'Nuit d'Ete'
Rosa 'Creme de la Creme'
Aruncus 'Horatio'
Hemerocallis 'Black Magic'
Heuchera 'Schneewittchen'
Anemone 'Wild Swan'
Clematis 'Princess Kate'
Hylotelephium 'Jose Aubergine'
Rosa 'Koko Loco'
Hosta 'Purple Heart'
Melica uniflora f. albida
Briza media 'Limouzi'
Astrantia 'Hadspen Blood'
Campanula persicifolia 'White Bell'
Rosa 'Desdemona'
Geranium 'Sanne'
Digitalis purpurea 'Dalmatian Cream' (Dalmatian Series)
Magnolia 'Genie'
Digitalis 'Goldcrest'
Agapanthus 'Bridal Bouquet'
Schizachyrium scoparium 'Standing Ovation'
Eschscholzia californica 'Ivory Castle'
Dierama 'Blackberry Bells'
Phlox drummondii 'Creme Brulee'
Baptisia 'Vanilla Cream' (Decadence Series)
Aconitum lycoctonum subsp. vulparia
Stipa capillata 'Lace Veil'
Rudbeckia 'Summerina Electra Shock' (Summerina Series)
Designed by Richard Rogers

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