Brooke Cottage in August

To some, a three-sided plot might seem a challenge too far, but here, it’s proved a great advantage because a triangular-shaped garden falls so naturally into three distinct areas around the Victorian cottage. A shady front lends itself to woodland, whilst the south-facing far corner is planted with herbaceous borders. Inbetween lies a back courtyard filled with large pots of plants, forming a lovely view from the bedroom balcony. Each area is designed to be markedly different in style and its season of interest. In spring, the front woodland area comes alive but by midsummer, the dahlias and herbaceous borders are in full bloom, with asters and ornamental grasses to carry through to autumn when the front garden has leaf colour from red-leaved acers and cercis.

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