John Cowen
Landscape Associates Ltd.


Cottage gardens contrast to the larger estate properties in their size and proportions. They can require greater detail in the design elements. The cottage garden shares a commonality with the estate garden with the aim of keeping the design elements in proportion to the size and scale of the surrounding property and house. Cottage gardens provide a wonderful opportunity to design for a more casual and cozy landscape style. The English cottage garden is precisely that, a form of ‘organized chaos’. Consisting of a tight formal structure with a looser and more informal interior. Materials such as stone, wood and recycled brick are often integrated into the design in the form of paved areas, stepping stones, rustic rose arbors and other sculptural elements.