The Cottage Garden was a renovation project and my brief was to work within an existing garden structure which included keeping the borders. We re-clad the retaining walls with limestone from Te Kuiti and took out the pool fence and replaced it with a glass vice. We also repaved around the pool and reinstated a new lawn. We created a more rhythmic planting that suited the style of the house, which is a double-story American Bungalow. The clients wanted something that they could lose themselves in. It feels like a little park at home. They have a large deck area with lots of outdoor furniture overlooking the garden. They spend more time in the garden now than ever and have owned the property for over twenty years.