Take a tour around a country cottage garden

Find design inspiration from our garden tour of a gorgeous country cottage garden in Sussex. Steal ideas from the layout, flower arrangements and garden furniture included in our garden tour.

THE GARDEN Country garden in Sussex
SPACE A south-facing garden, divided into distinct zones with the help of a various flower beds and outdoor buildings, a vegetable garden and ornamental hedges. 

Late-summer perennials fill the borders of this cottage garden with splashes of pretty colour -  Striking lavander-blues, silvery sedum, pink Japanese anemones and tall Verbena bonariensis are all in the mix.

1/8 Country cottage garden

cottage with home garden and table and chairs

(Image credit: Future PLC/Mark Bolton)

2/8 Flower garden with outhouse

cottage garden with flower plant

(Image credit: Future PLC/Mark Bolton)

A pretty garden room nestles into the corner of this flower garden, where tall stems, including Echinacea, sedum and pink Japanese anemones, create a riot of colour.

Try Crocus for a good selection of plants, shrubs and flowers.

3/8 Country garden with summerhouse

cottage garden and plants

(Image credit: Future PLC/Mark Bolton)

In one corner of this country garden, a striking green painted summerhouse is partially hidden beneath a combination of climbing ramblers. Patio planters beneath the windows of the building lend valuable detailing to the look. 

Garden Trading sells a good selection of garden accessories, including planters and pots.

4/8 Garden with teracotta pots

garden with mud pots

(Image credit: Future PLC/Mark Bolton)

To get the look of this wild-look country cottage garden, add terracotta pots and planters among feathery ferns to create a verdant still life.

Visit The Chelsea Gardener for a good selection of teracotta pots.

5/8 Flower garden with greenhouse

garden with greenhouse grass and flower plants

(Image credit: Future PLC/Mark Bolton)

Part of this country garden has been dedicated to cutting flowers such as dahlias and cosmos, which the owner can use in her flower arrangements. A greenhouse provides extra space for growing vegetables. 

Homebase sells a range of greenhouses.

6/8 Country garden with spiky grass

cottage garden with greenery grass and flower plants

(Image credit: Future PLC/Mark Bolton)

Tall spiky grass and a delicate willow tree add interest to a quiet corner of this colourful garden. A hammock provides the perfect spot from which to enjoy the view created by the flower borders. 

Try Simply Hammocks for a good selection of garden hammocks.

7/8 Vegetable garden with shed

garden with cottage with flower plants

(Image credit: Future PLC/Mark Bolton)

A practical shed is tucked into the corner of this vegetable garden, where young shoots are protected by glass cloches.

Visit B&Q for a similar Apex garden shed.

8/8 Garden dining area

garden with round table and chairs

(Image credit: Future PLC/Mark Bolton)

Hostas and hydrangeas provide the textured backdrop to pretty garden furniture. A simple potted plant adds a point of interest to the table.

Petersham Nurseries sells traditional French-style wrought iron garden furniture.

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Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.