The Berry Cottage Gardener

The Berry cottage gardener

for gardens pretty and productive


In Praise Of Violets

"He thought how sad it was to be an Animal who had never had a bunch of violets picked for him" - A A Milne


Violets play an important groundcover role in my garden, providing a wonderful evergreen carpet to suppress weeds and underplant trees and taller plants. Their pretty purple flower adds colour to an otherwise quiet garden in Winter. In fact, I love violets so much, I named my cottage after them!

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Creating A Berry Good Hedge

"A hedge between keeps the friendship green" - French proverb


Any job involving string-lines, ladders and power tools can be daunting, but with practice and perseverance, a lovingly maintained hedge will provide your garden with beauty, structure and protection.

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Caring For Your Roses

“Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.” – Alphonse Karr, A Tour Round My Garden


Picture a beautiful bouquet of flowers, and roses immediately come to mind. Pretty, colourful and fragrant, roses play a starring role in the flower garden.

Roses can be grown in many different ways and you’re sure to find a habit perfect for a spot in your garden.

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