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Grafton Cottage

A cottage garden crammed with plants, created by Margaret and Peter Hargreaves since 1975. Colour themed borders bursting with a mixture of perennials and annuals provide a feast for invertebrates all summer long.


GAP Photos/Carole Drake - Margaret and Peter Hargreaves

Feature No:   5050 

Qty of Images:    80 


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According to the 1964 edition of the Shell Gardens Book cottage gardens are small and sheltered, packed with flowers and full of haunting scents. The quarter of an acre surrounding Grafton Cottage on the edge of Barton-under-Needwood in Staffordshire, ticks all those boxes. In late summer the garden reaches 'peak cottage', full of heady scent and intense colour, overflowing borders busy with bees, hoverflies and butterflies, every square inch used. But unlike the conventional cottage garden where colours are scattered randomly about as if stirred up in a mixing bowl, here the borders are colour-themed, making this a cottage garden with a contemporary twist.



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