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Brooklyn Garden

It was as much the Victorian cottage as the lie of the land that surrounds it that attracted Janet Howell to this property some 16 years ago.


Season:
Summer


Credits:
GAP Photos/Nicola Stocken


Feature No:   3164 

Qty of Images:    66 

 



 
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Synopsis
Unusually, the charming cottage sits on its eighth-of-an-acre hillside plot so as to allow for a 4.5m x 15m front garden consisting of a lawn enclosed in a succession of summer flowers. 'It's very important to have a lovely front garden - it's the first thing visitors see,' adds Janet. At the rear, a 24m x 15m slope has been terraced and divided up into a shady courtyard with hostas and ferns, a small waterfall and pond, a sunny lawn edged in borders of herbaceous perennials, and a pretty summerhouse giving views over fields and the small Staffordshire village of Endon. 'A lot of gardeners find a slope challenging, but when I see a totally flat garden that needs vertical structures to add interest, I feel fortunate that I have a slope that naturally provides that,' says Janet. Originally, the back hillside descended to within a metre of the back wall of the house, so one of the first tasks was to excavate 100 tonnes of soil giving a two-metre-wide walkway, and build retaining walls from the local stone that gives the area such distinction.

 

 

 
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