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Country garden design

At Cornus Garden Design we have exensive experience in delivering country gardens of all shapes and sizes from the renaissance of a section of a Queen Anne farmhouse garden in Berkshire, a planting plan for a listed cottage in a Sussex village to the transformation of a modern terraced garden on the Kent border. Country gardens face different issues from urban ones but the principle of dialogue and understanding continues to underpin our approach to everything we do.

If you are looking for a quintessential English cottage garden design, filled with perennials, colour and fragrance, then we are here to make that dream come true. But perhaps you are keen to go further with your country garden design concept, with an orchard of heritage varieties, a decorative potager vegetable garden of raised beds, obelisks and herbs or a topiary garden of cloud pruned yew, box and holly. We are just as comfortable working with these.

Water can play a big part in your garden – a shallow rectangular reflecting pool throwing the light back up at the sky, the trickle of a single baroque fountain jet falling gently back into a pool or the freedom of a naturally filtered swimming pond, surounded by flowering plants and timber decking. Water can be fitted into the smallest of spaces and adds a whole new dimension in terms of sound and light. Even a simple granite ball, with a gentle flow of water clinging to its gleaming, polished surface, brings in sparkle, life and movement.

Country garden design can be classic or modern, reflecting your personal tastes and the style of your home – after all, not everyone has a thatched timber cottage. Depending on the soil and aspect, your cottage garden might be made up of prairie planting and grasses, offering colour and texture right through the year.

Seaside garden design is something we particularly enjoy, finding plants which will withstand salt-laden wind, and Cornus is currently working on a gravel garden design for clients on the South Coast.