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Small Traditional Garden

Designed by Christine Wilkie. The owner of this small rear garden wanted to ensure year-round colour, fragrance, and interest.

Small Traditional Garden by garden designer Christine Wilkie

The existing outbuildings were renovated providing a foil for climbing roses underplanted with Salvia sylvestris and Viola Klose.

Small Traditional Garden by garden designer Christine Wilkie

In addition to the main patio a pathway leads along the side of the garden to a small circular seating area enabling the garden to be enjoyed from more than one vantage point. The circular terrace of sandstone setts was positioned to capture the best of the afternoon sun.

Cobble setts form a circular patio

While the garden is broadly flat, it slopes slightly towards the rear boundary where raised timber sleeper beds with an informal built-in seat were created.

This garden was all about the plants. Curving paths cut into the lawn allow the plants to be enjoyed up close and personal.

Informal planting curves around the lawn

Planting was cottage-style and informal with plants for scent suited to both sun and shade planted close to the house and pathways.

Alliums, Salvia and other cottage planting

Containers planted with Phormiums add architectural interest to the outbuildings. Borders included mixed planting featuring a range of deciduous and evergreen shrubs to provide structure and backbone to the garden throughout the seasons.

Plant list 

Alchemilla mollis
Philadelphus 'Belle Etoile'
Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote'
Bergenia cordifolia 'Purpurea'
Echinacea purpurea
Achillea 'Moonshine'
Choisya 'Aztec Pearl'
Erigeron karvinskianus
Phormium 'Bronze Baby'
Nandina domestica
Acer palmatum 'Osakazuki'
Viburnum x bodnantense 'Dawn'
Rosa 'Gertrude Jekyll'
Anemone hupehensis 'Hadspen Abundance'
Acer palmatum 'Sango-kaku'
Helleborus x hybridus Ballard's Group
Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora 'Emily McKenzie'
Amelanchier canadensis
Sarcococca hookeriana var. humilis
Euphorbia wallichii
Rosa 'Tess Of The d'Urbervilles'
Salvia x sylvestris 'Viola Klose'
Knautia macedonica 'Red Knight'
Phormium 'Jester'
Phlox paniculata 'Kirchenfurst'
Designed by Christine Wilkie

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