Zesty plant­ing schemes full of vi­brant colour are a coun­ter­point to more serene mo­ments of green­ery and calm in a re­cently made Cotswolds gar­den, finds

Vanessa Ber­ridge

Country Life Every Week - - Properties Of The Week - Pho­to­graphs by Mar­i­anne Ma­jerus

Wood­lands Farm, Winch­combe, Glouces­ter­shire

inch­combe is an an­cient Cotswold town, the cap­i­tal of Mer­cia in An­glo-saxon times. it sits astride the road from Chel­tenham to broad­way in the wide val­ley of the River is­bourne and is framed by the Cleeve, Lan­g­ley and Stan­combe hills. At the heart of this honey-coloured-stone Glouces­ter­shire town is the 15th-cen­tury church of St Peter’s, its tower topped by a golden-cock­erel weather vane, il­lu­mi­nated at night.

Winch­combe’s rooftops, its church and the sur­round­ing hills are the back­drop to Morag Dob­bin’s gar­den at Wood­lands Farm, stand­ing across the fields and on a slight el­e­va­tion above the is­bourne. ‘We’ve tried to bring the land­scape into the gar­den,’ says Mrs Dob­bin, ‘so it’s dif­fi­cult to see where one stops and the other be­gins.’

The stone farm­house, dat­ing orig­i­nally from the 16th cen­tury, is flanked by a row of cot­tages, used for guests. in front of th­ese, clipped box hedg­ing snakes around pink roses, Ly­ch­nis coro­naria and pur­ple Cal­lis­te­phus chi­nen­sis, the an­nual China aster. how­ever, this cot­tage gar­den is just the over­ture. Mrs Dob­bin has a good sense of


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