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Traditional English country garden

By Nottinghamshire garden gesigner Alice Bowe. A Traditional English country garden design in Nottingham complements this large Edwardian townhouse with its terraced 'garden rooms' and sustainable and eco-friendly design.

Traditional english country garden alice bowe

Pleached hedges and dry stone walls were used to create rooms within the garden, whilst at the same time opening up views and sightlines to make the space feel larger than it really is.

Traditional english country garden alice bowe

With the simple, structural skeleton of the garden design in place, the sumptuous tapestries of planting could be added. The client is keen on flower arranging and so that planting has been designed with plants that not only look excellent in the border but also have a long life as cut flowers. Wide borders of painterly planting are framed by the hedges and walls of the garden design - each 'room' a subtle variation on the colour scheme of the previous - so a whole palette of plants for cutting are available.

Traditional english country garden alice bowe

Keen to maintain an organic management scheme in the garden, a hidden composting area is also included - and beneficial birds, butterflies and insects are encouraged with carefully sited bird boxes, feeders and habitats. Tempting natural predators such as ladybirds and lacewings to make a home in your garden improves biodiversity and can cut down on the work required to maintain a garden.

Traditional english country garden alice bowe

The highest point of the garden is home to the woodland garden which really comes into it's own in the winter months. From the bench in this informal winter garden, you have a perfect view across the entire scheme. A scented winter walk leads around the garden so that even on a cold day, there is something to tempt you out into the garden.

Traditional english country garden alice bowe

The planting palette for this garden includes scented witch hazels, magnolias and the semi-evergreen Viburnum x burkwoodii alongside multi-stem amelanchiers. Groundcover perennials include Ajuga 'Catlins Giant', Pulmonaria 'Sissinghurst White' and Asplenium scolopendrium.

Designed by Alice Bowe

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