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
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