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Dove Cottage Nursery and Garden

In the garden of Dove Cottage Nursery, clinging to a terraced north facing hillside, paths wind between densely planted beds of grasses and herbaceous perennials woven into moving pictures of shimmering, kaleidoscopic beauty.


Yorkshire, UK

GAP Photos/Carole Drake - Owners: Kim and Stephen Rogers - Dove Cottage Nursery, Yorkshire

Feature No:   4248 

Qty of Images:    60 


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Kim and Stephen Rogers had looked for a walled garden with level ground for their nursery but, unable to find one they ended up with a steeply sloping rutted field that had been Stephen's parents' smallholding, and after a lot of hard graft opened to the public at Easter in 1996. Kim and Stephen had three young children and a business to run so needed a garden that would largely look after itself. 'Tough perennials that get cut back once a year appealed to us because we wanted something self sustaining and natural that didn't require much intervention.' Nothing in the garden gets dead headed, nothing is sprayed or collared with slug pellets and nothing is staked. 'We like the way plants fall into each other, the way Rudbeckia laciniata lollops over and you get a horizontal stem cutting across verticals. It allows light into the centre of the clump too which encourages more growth.' Lots of inspiration from one of the country's leading nurseries, full of the plants that have gained popularity through the New Perennials movement: grasses and late flowering herbaceous perennials.



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