#LE1027 Marcy's Garden Blueprint

Hello Marcy, your Garden Blueprint is here

I'm Sarah, your garden expert

I've been working in horticulture and landscape design for 15+ years. I loved reviewing your garden and crafting a blueprint for you. If you have any questions, click the icon in the bottom right corner for help.

Get started by watching a video I made for you below

Marcy, here's my garden assessment

Expert Review

Seasonally wet soil

It appears that your garden has slowly permeable, acidic, loamy, and clayey soil, which can become seasonally wet due to impeded drainage. Your soil is likely to have good fertility. We'll select plants that are hardy and thrive in these conditions to ensure your garden remains vibrant and healthy.

Your garden is a good size

Without being too hard to manage. An ideal canvas for a low maintenance garden that adds visual interest.

Gentle morning sunlight

Your garden, with its east-facing orientation, catches the gentle morning sunlight—perfect for starting the day in a tranquil outdoor setting. This early sun exposure is ideal for enjoying breakfast outside and provides a fresh, bright start to your day. The morning sun also helps prevent issues with dampness, ensuring a drier environment that’s less prone to moss. Given these conditions, we will carefully select plants that thrive in morning light and can handle partial afternoon shade, ensuring healthy growth and continuous blooms throughout the day.

Square gardens are versatile

Square gardens are versatile; you can choose straight-line borders for a sleek, modern look or curved borders to soften the space and enhance its charm.

  • Cottage-style haven

    Your vision is to transform your blank canvas into a charming cottage garden—a peaceful sanctuary ideal for relaxation. Imagine overflowing flowerbeds and cozy nooks perfect for reading or sipping a quiet cup of tea. We're excited to help bring this picturesque vision to life, ensuring your garden becomes a true haven.

  • Colour palette

    You'd like a stunning mix of blue, purple and greens to create a visually stunning and harmonious outdoor space.

  • Safe for children and pets

    You want a garden where safety comes first, a place where your children and pets can play without any worries. We've chosen non-toxic plants and safe design features to ensure peace of mind for you.

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Tips and design principles

How to create your cottage garden

Creating a cottage garden style in a medium-sized, square space involves blending informal beauty with structured elements to maximise the unique dimensions. This approach results in a garden that feels both whimsical and comfortable.

Here are the key garden design principles to follow to achieve that quintessential cottage garden look in your square garden:

Marcy, I recommend:

Layering and height variation to draw focus and create your cottage whimsy

Tip: Incorporate plants of varying heights, from ground covers to tall spires, to create a multi-layered, textured look

Why: This adds depth and interest, drawing the eye upwards and making the space feel fuller and more dynamic.

Marcy, I recommend:

Planting closely for a lush cottage feel

Tip: Plant closely to create a lush, abundant and informal feel essential to a cottage garden style, with flowers and foliage intertwining.

Why: Dense planting not only maximises colour and visual interest but also suppresses weeds, reducing garden maintenance. It mimics the charmingly crowded look of traditional cottage gardens.

Marcy, I recommend:

Plant with blooming sequence in mind for all year interest

Tip: Choose a mix of evergreen and seasonal plants that bloom sequentially—from spring through autumn, complemented by evergreens for winter—to ensure continuous garden appeal.

Why: Sequential blooming ensures continuous interest throughout the growing season, providing a constantly evolving view.

  • Consider more structural elements

    You could use paths, fences, gates, or arches to add structure and define your space. Structural elements give form to the garden, and can create a sense of intimacy and enclosure typical of cottage gardens. ⮕

  • Add wildlife-friendly features

    I recommend looking at extra features that attract wildlife, such as bird baths, bug hotels and feeders. Adding elements that attract more wildlife will enhance your garden's natural feel. ⮕

  • Add whimsical or vintage decor

    You could personalise your space with whimsical or vintage elements like a quaint bench, antique gardening tools or an old wheel barrow as decor. These touches add character and charm - reinforcing it's informal beauty. ⮕

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  • Skill Level


  • Plants

    x 17 (or 41)

  • Season

    All Year Round

  • Colours

    Blue & Purple

  • Safe

    Whole Family

  • Guarantee

    5 Years

  • Value

    Worth £372*

  • Finest plants

    4.8 ★★★★★
  • ✔️ Gives all-year-round interest

    I’ve chosen plants in your design that bloom at different times of the year, including plants that bloom in autumn and winter.

  • ✔️ Designed to attract wildlife

    Many of the plants I've included, including the perennial (grows every year) plants, are great to attract wildlife like bees and butterflies.

  • ✔️ Made for family and pets

    Firstly, every plant I’ve chosen are non-toxic. Also, I’ve used strategic plant placement to make delicate plants less accessible to your pets, away from the front of your border.

  • ✔️ Plants chosen to thrive

    My favourite part of your bespoke design is making sure every plant is perfect for your garden, suited to your acidic loamy soil, sun-loving, and complementary to each other. No faff.

  • ✔️ Plant-by-numbers in an afternoon

    My eco-friendly roll-out planting guide shows exactly where to plant, making planting a breeze.

  • ✔️ Easy to look after

    I've chosen hardy, easy care plants to make the upkeep of your garden easy.

Now Unlock Your Dream Garden

Marcy, effortlessly bring your Garden Blueprint to life. Choose from three personalised ways to transform your garden:

  • 6 x

    Fragrant striking purple flowers

  • 3 x

    Winter interest plants

  • 3 x

    Rich purple foliage

  • 2 x

    Evergreen blue spring flowers

  • 3 x

    Purple flowers with medicinal properties

  • 1 x

    Biodegradable Plant-by-Numbers

  • 1 x

    Simple Planting Guide

  • Included

    Easy Plant Care & Advice

  • 1 x bag

    Organic Fertiliser

  • ...

    and some surprises!

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