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Heather Scott has added a contemporary edge to her traditional, and immaculately kept, cottage garden in Kent

Heather Scott has added a contemporary edge to her traditional, and immaculately kept, cottage garden in Kent

A quintessential English cottage garden brings to mind romantic planting, billowing with old-fashioned favourites. Find out how to achieve this look, wherever you live

A quintessential English cottage garden brings to mind romantic planting, billowing with old-fashioned favourites. Find out how to achieve this look, wherever you live

She called a local landscape designer and asked for a consultation. By the end of the afternoon, Debbie had a rough design, grading directives, placement suggestions for fencing ("bring the fence in close to the pool for intimacy"), and paving ideas as well as a second opinion on the plants ("add evergreens for year-round structure" and "vary the palette with complementary colors"). The bill came to $150 – at $75 an hour; the dividends will last a lifetime.

Before and After: A Stunning Garden Makeover

She called a local landscape designer and asked for a consultation. By the end of the afternoon, Debbie had a rough design, grading directives, placement suggestions for fencing ("bring the fence in close to the pool for intimacy"), and paving ideas as well as a second opinion on the plants ("add evergreens for year-round structure" and "vary the palette with complementary colors"). The bill came to $150 – at $75 an hour; the dividends will last a lifetime.

Common bricks fashion a fetching foundation for a sunken patio reached via stone steps and a stone-paved path. Bricklayers created one-brick-wide bands that alternate direction to create a simple pattern that intensifies the patio's charm.

Brick Patios That'll Give You Major Backyard Envy

Common bricks fashion a fetching foundation for a sunken patio reached via stone steps and a stone-paved path. Bricklayers created one-brick-wide bands that alternate direction to create a simple pattern that intensifies the patio's charm.

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