Cottage Gardens


There is nothing that reflects the beauty of Britain quite like the quintessential cottage garden. Our guide features some of the most enchanting cottage gardens that England, Scotland and Wales have to offer, but how does one define a cottage garden?

The cottage garden is English in origin, the history of homely and functional gardens goes back many centuries, but the cottage garden as we know it was reinvented in 1870's England as a reaction to the more structured estate gardens and their formal designs. The cottage garden, usually connected to a charming house or cottage, is primarily informal in style, features traditional materials and displays a mixture of shrubs, small trees, annuals, roses and climbing plants with herbaceous borders. Often the garden will be looked after by the owners of the property, but perhaps with a little help depending on the health of the owner.

A cottage garden relies on character and charm rather than structure and rules. You never know what you will discover in a cottage garden, there may be different areas to explore often including a lawn, a wildlife pond, a well used vegetable patch and herb garden, places to sit, as well as a greenhouse and potting shed. The cottage garden always attracts a wealth of nature, butterflies, birds, insects and even frogs and toads will be heard and seen. Finally, the one defining feature of the cottage garden is that it should make the owners and visitors smile!'
Andrea Macmillan.

Sissinghurst Castle Garden

Sissinghurst Castle Garden

Kent, Sissinghurst Castle is one of the most famous and delightful gardens in the British Isles.

Sledmere House Garden

Sledmere House and Garden, Driffield

Yorkshire, The garden at Sledmere House in Yorkshire has become a place to explore and discover different planting areas that have an emphasis on form and colour.

Great British Gardens

Stillingfleet Lodge Garden and Nursery

Yorkshire, Stillingfleet Lodge Garden, is a wildlife haven set in the tranquil grounds of an 18th century farmhouse

Stone House Cottage Garden

Stone House Cottage Garden, near Kidderminster

Worcestershire, Stone House is a romantic garden set in an old walled kitchen garden.

Sulgrave Manor Garden

Sulgrave Manor and Garden, Banbury

Oxfordshire, Explore formal arts and craft style gardens laid out in the 1920's by Reginald Blomfield

The Priest's House

The Priests House Garden

Dorset, Take yourself back 40 years in this delightful small garden situated behind the Priests House in Wimborne.

Thomas Hardy's Cottage Garden

Thomas Hardy's Cottage Garden, Dorchester

Dorset, The Thomas Hardy Cottage garden of around 1/3 acre is beautifully laid out with paths, cottage flowers and a vegetable patch.

Westbrook House Garden

Westbrook House Garden near Glastonbury

Somerset, Westbrook House - A beautiful Private Garden, near Glastonbury, Somerset set in 4 acres

Wollerton Old Hall Garden

Wollerton Old Hall Garden, Market Drayton

Shropshire, Wollerton Old Hall Garden has a long and colourful history and is in the Arts and Crafts Style with separate garden rooms and strong topiary.

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