As a lot of our clients are based in the Cheshire area, we wanted to look at some local inspiration that will help you think about how to get the most out of your own Cheshire garden design. Of course, you want your garden to be unique – and to express your own personality – but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t soak up some ideas from the incredible gardens that we have in this beautiful area. One of the things that makes gardens in this area so exciting is the wide breadth of different styles that can be found across the county. We’ll run through a few of our favourites and look at some of the specific design elements which help to create the style. Then, you can take a look at the services we offer for garden design in Cheshire and put together a beautiful Cheshire garden of your own.
3 Beautiful Cheshire Garden Designs to Take Inspiration From
Bluebell Cottage Garden
Often referred to as one of Cheshire’s ‘best kept secrets’, the Bluebell Cottage Gardens are found on Lodge Lane in Northwich, and can be explored every year throughout the spring and summer. There’s a lot to love about the Bluebell Cottage Garden, but our favourite aspect is the way that they guide visitors through a series of different areas, all of which have a different theme or atmosphere.
Known as the garden’s ‘rooms’, this allows the garden’s designers to experiment with different plants, colours and styles without overwhelming the space or creating a clash. It also means that the garden can be enjoyed in different ways, with practical spaces such as the working orchard and cottage vegetable plot, as well as a wildflower meadow, a peaceful grasses garden and an exotic garden.
There are a few different ways for you to take make use of this idea of separate spaces in your garden which are very different and yet interlinked:
- Gardens with different levels are ideal for this sort of aesthetic, as you can use each level differently – a patio or seating area at one end and then a series of different themed areas, whether they’re centred around particular colours, types of bloom, or other features that you find interesting.
- You could also choose to have one predominant style for your garden, but to set aside one specific area where you can do things a little differently.
- If you do decide to use a series of ‘rooms’ in your garden, you might also want to consider finding some similar features to include throughout each section, allowing you to make sure there’s some design consistency.
A beautiful stately home with parklands and plenty of special events to help you get the most from the location, Dunham Massey in Altringham always makes for a fantastic day out… but we’re here to talk about the stunning garden area. This garden boasts one particular feature that adds to its splendour, which is a design that is centred around the four seasons, offering visitors something to enjoy no matter when they decide to pay a visit – and ensuring that the garden is at its best all year round.
This involves paying close attention to the blooming cycles of the plants that are used within the garden area, making sure that there are plenty of different plants for each section of the year. In winter, for instance, the garden’s irises and cyclamen spring to life, all of which ensures that the garden is never ‘out of season’.
- With your own garden, a year-round garden planner can help you to ensure that you have plants ready for Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter.
- It’s also worth considering how you’ll want to make use of the garden throughout these different months: will you need a heated patio area for cooler days or space for entertaining in the summer? A seasonal garden is about these practical features as well as the flowers themselves.
- Popular plant choices include tulips and snowdrops for the Spring, roses and daylilys for the Summer, ornamental grasses for Autumn and hollies and firethorn for Winter.
Weeping Ash Garden
The Weeping Ash Garden at Bents garden centre in Warrington is all about creating a sense of calm and tranquillity – something which we know many of our clients hope to achieve with their own property. Gardens that are designed to be as peaceful as possible offer visitors a chance for reflection, and create a space where people can unwind, making it a great choice for a home as it allows you to drop the stresses of daily life while you soak up your garden design.
At Weeping Ash Garden, the affect has been created by building up a series of secluded rooms: “A series of circles of different sizes are joined together using lawns, ponds and flowerbeds to create a wonderful sense of secrecy. Different areas have evolved over time and are now hidden from each other by clever and imaginative planting.”
Of course, this sense of tranquillity can be replicated with some simpler steps:
- Water features are an excellent choice when you want a calming garden, with the soothing sound of running water – and they also make a great point of interest.
- Crowded planting can be great for the cottage garden look, but if you want a peaceful aesthetic then it’s better to plant sparingly and allow your garden room to breathe.
- Japanese gardens are renowned for their calming presence, so this is a great place to look for further inspiration.