Cottage Garden Courtyard, Gateacre

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For this cottage garden with a contemporary twist, we were approached by Liverpool based architects, Harrison Stringfellow, to design a landscape scheme for their clients, a retired couple with a love of the outdoors.  The brief was to transform both the front and back garden, to complement the new modern extension to the clients’ home, a 1960s bungalow.  The existing rear garden with a large rectangular lawn and patio and slabbed driveway to the front of the garden lacked inspiration and added little to the house.


We responded to the brief by designing a welcoming and attractive front garden filled with scented plants by the main entrance to the house, geometric raised planting beds with box hedging and accommodation for two cars.  In the back garden we proposed transforming the space into a low maintenance, multi-functional, accessible courtyard with contemporary hard landscape forming the centerpiece of the design.


Raised oak planting beds frame the perimeter of the garden and are under lit with LED lighting strips. These border a central paved seating area, perfect for entertainment and family recreation.  Molly the dog certainly seems to approve!  Nestled within the planting beds, surrounded by a seasonally changing tapestry of colours and textures, the new garden studio is an idyllic refuge for the wife, a keen painter, to indulge her creative passions.


With a wide variety of plants, including Hydrangea paniculata ‘Phantom’, Passiflora ‘Purple Passion’, Wisteria sinensis ‘Amethyst’ and Rosa ‘Climbing Iceberg’ as well as many cottage garden favourites, the clients have a plentiful supply of fresh flowers.  A privacy screen of bamboo to the rear of the garden shields from views from adjacent properties and the addition of a well-stocked herb garden near the house is perfect for cooking.


Architects – Harrison Stringfellow Architects

Contractor – Spiro Borg Building Ltd. 

Plant supplier – Ladybrook Nursery