Formal Cottage Garden Barnes

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A formal layout and cottage planting with a sense of history. The arrangement is symmetrical both in the hard landscaping and the placement of the box balls but is softened by the flowering perennials and bulbs. The ornamental urn at the end of the path can be planted seasonally and gives a nostalgic feel with its rustic exterior serving as a classical focal point, matching the material of the classic fence decorated with scented evergreen jasmines and variegated ivy. Other plants include oriental Hellebores, Libertias, Astrantias and forget-me-nots.

“The box balls stand next to the path as piers and an army of Alliums helps to mimic their shape with white and black tulips in early spring. When it comes to bulbs, mixing up three colours is usually enough.”