Edinburgh cottage garden

a country garden design in the heart of Edinburgh

This Edinburgh garden design project was a joy to work on from start to finish.
Our clients had recently removed a large extension from the side of their new home and their garden was in much need of a transformation. They asked us for a soft, cottage style garden with rich, abundant planting and traditional materials with a natural feel.

We were asked to redesign the gardens around the front, side and back of our clients' home.
They were very keen to have a garden full of plants and colour and with space to grow vegetables.

We began by creating a large patio in the space where the old extension had been. Kitchen doors open out onto a large seating and BBQ area surrounded by raised beds and a water feature. The railway sleeper planters terrace the garden and are filled with summer loving perennials.
At the side of the house large tumbling sandstone boulders add a dramatic feel to the rock garden. The planting here is a delicate mix of grasses, umbellifers and structural domes of Hebe.

A gravel path leading from the driveway and garage journeys under a staggered pergola walk covered in climbing roses and Clematis.
It is surrounded by herbaceous borders filled with perennials in shades of white, blue and purple which progress into a hot border of yellow, orange and red flowering plants.

The planting design in the garden features a mix of herbaceous perennials, mixed shrubs and specimen trees.
We worked around the existing mature planting, removing what wasn't working and pruning and reshaping what was to stay.

We originally designed a Persian layout for the kitchen garden but this was later re-created as a simple vegetable garden with raised beds for our clients to start growing their own vegetables and fruit.