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Garden styles
The smaller the garden - the more it needs a distinctive 'theme’ to link the various plants and design elements. When you are deciding on a style, think about the way you want to use the garden and the amount of work involved in maintenance so you pick one that’s right for you.
Cottage garden
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Cottage garden
A cottage garden is a good style for an enthusiast who wants to shoe-horn lots of different plants into the space.

Use a mixture of traditional perennials, old-fashioned hardy annuals or roses and wild flowers, with fruit and vegetables, and native species of trees and shrubs.

You don’t need a quaint 'olde worlde' cottage as this style of garden suits most traditional houses.
Five plants for a cottage garden
Contemporary garden
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Contemporary garden
Contemporary gardens tend to be minimalist, so you don’t need a lot of plants.

Strong shapes and textures are essential. Grasses are great.

This style suits 'un-fussy' modern houses, roof gardens and trendy batchelor pads.
Five plants for a contemporary garden
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