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Wildflower Cottage Garden

Barn Conversion – Leigh 


I was approached by the owners of a recently converted barn in Leigh to design and build a new Wildflower Cottage garden on what was very rough, open ground, formally used as pasture/agricultural land. The site was very stony, with poor soil and completely covered in weeds.


The clients, a young couple from Denmark and London (whose townhouse courtyard garden I had designed a few years before) had a vision for a natural, loose organic style garden with opportunities for relaxing and entertaining also incorporating a productive fruit and vegetable plot.


After plumping for a curvy layout using traditional materials such as Indian riven sandstone and classic reclaimed brick edgings and pavers with gravel walkways we set about planning the planting.


The planting style was of a cottage garden with structural hedging for windbreak and fruit trees to the boundaries with raised beds for fruit and veg and large areas to be laid to annual wildflower seeding.  This had the benefit of being able to offer covering large areas quickly in a season and offering a beautiful display, whilst also encouraging biodiversity and much needed insects and pollinators.


The cottage garden feel to this scheme was so successful due to the clients commitment to growing plants and propagating them in their own fabulous greenhouse.  This really is a joyful garden which feels like it could be in the middle of the countryside.  We phased the build to concentrate on the rear, large section of the garden, completing the smaller courtyard section of garden next to the house a few months later.


Plant list includes:

Centaurea cyanus ‘Black Ball’

Scabious ‘Butterfly Blue’

Digitalis purpurea

Rosa ‘Compassion’

Rosa ‘Charles de Mills’

Cosmos bipinnatus mixed colours

Lavandula ‘Hidcote’

Corinth major purpurescens

Eschscholzia californica ‘Orange King’

Wildflower mix – similar can be found at: 


Family Gardens, Traditional Gardens