Dove Cottage Garden (Yorkshire) – prairie planting part 2

Last year I visited a number of gardens that have taken swathes of grass to new heights: Scampston Walled Garden, RHS Hyde Hall (post to follow), RHS Wisley, and this garden, Dove Cottage Garden.

And this is a wonderfully immersive garden, constructed on a side of a north-facing hillside in Yorkshire, situated between the plant nursery and the nursery owners’ own house (1/3 of an acre).  It’s perfect advertising and inspiration for anyone visiting the nursery.  Just a couple of minutes down the road from Shibden Hall, which we also visited that day.

From their website:

“Dove Cottage Nursery and Garden was conceived by us back in 1995. We opened Easter 1996. Our ethos has always been to enjoy our work, do a job to the best of our ability and use the best materials available. With this in mind over the years we have strived to create and maintain a ‘special’ nursery and garden which is home to a great range of perennials and grasses.

Our land is behind Dove Cottages on a north facing hillside enjoying panoramic views of Shibden valley, Chelsea valley and a hillside of mixed woodland.

The garden sits beside the nursery and is an intimate space enclosed by Yew hedges and green oak gates. Fully and beautifully planted with late summer flowering perennials and grasses providing flower well into the Autumn”

The owners should be proud.  I’m sure they are.

I bought a stipa and it’s surviving in London.


RHS guidance on prairie planting

When visited: August 2016

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