One of the most enjoyable aspects of landscaping is reviving the gardens of older properties, where generations have pottered and pruned.
We had been asked to restore the charm of a cottage garden. The clients knew that the garden looked rather tired and dated. The lawns were bare, and the concrete paths and driveway were crumbling. It was clear that it needed a complete makeover.
The finished garden needed to look as if it had been established for many years. We used old stone for the walls, matching the stone of the cottage, and reclamation materials for all the other features.
The clients wanted a pergola, so we designed one which had pillars made from old reclaimed brick. The beams across the top were constructed from reclaimed timber. Another feature we created was a period style rose arch. In two or three years the roses will be established and the arch will have blended in perfectly.
Often, when digging in people’s gardens you can come across the unexpected. In this particular garden, we discovered a drinking well that had long since been capped. This meant some last minute redesign – we wanted to restore it to former glories. We used natural stone to rebuild it, and a roof was placed over the top. The roofing tiles we used were reclaimed and identical to those on the house. The pergola is perfect for growing rambling roses. It was built on concrete footings and had a metal rod inserted into the center of the concrete. Brickwork around the rod makes it incredibly robust.
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