26 September 2013
Dahlias at Cottesbrooke Hall
I have been working with Alastair Macdonald-Buchanan and his
Head Gardener Phylip Statner at Cottesbrooke Hall for around three
years now. Until now, our design work has concentrated on the
herbaceous borders along Statue Walk and Lime Walk but now we are
happy with the mix of perennials in those areas, our attention has
turned to the Pool Garden. While our long terms plans are being
finalised, and as we wait for some of the young structure we have
added to mature, we trialled a mixed border of dahlias and autumn
flowering annuals to add life and colour in late summer, early
autumn. It has not disappointed, and although there are some tweaks
we need to make for next year, we are confident this could become a
regular feature in this part of the garden.
Britt recently visited to take shots of the borders for our portfolio. The day's weather was mixed and she endured a downpour before finishing the shoot. However, the resulting water on the dahlias gives the portraits a real life, they glisten with a freshness that makes you want to touch their richly coloured, perfectly symmetrical petals. We are really very excited about this part of the garden at Cottesbrooke and I'm looking forward to planning the mix for next year already.
[Arne's work at Cottesbrooke Hall has been highlighted alongside that of James Alexander-Sinclair in the book The New English Garden, written by Tim Richardson with photos by Andrew Lawson. The book is published by Frances Lincoln and is now widely available.]