If ever there was a garden to inspire you it has to be The Medicine Garden in Cobham.
It’s a beautiful walled Victorian garden that has been restored and brought back to life with a mixture of old, new and damn right practical. All done of course by some amazing landscape gardeners.
It’s a great place to head with the family if you’re around the Surrey area. Plus it’s free.
It’s a lovely welcoming garden and it’s a place you could easily spend a full day in especially if the weather is good.
So with the sun shining we hopped into the car and made our way over to it as it has been on my hit list for a while.
With the unpredictability of the British weather I decided to wear my Slouch n Glam trousers by HotSquash.
The lovely laid back style made sure I was comfortable, but the hidden technology meant I was kept at perfect temperature.
HotSquash design clothes that are low maintenance (no ironing needed or tumble drying required) and help to keep you either cool or warm depending on the season. These trousers maintain a lovely warmth, which is why paired with a little slinky top meant I was able to stay consistently temperature perfect.
I have my eye on a couple of their new season pieces such as these leather look trousers and this pleated skirt.
With our home move imminent I thought it was time to get some inspiration on how to incorporate a bit of that “good medicine” feeling into the outdoor space we’ll have hence the trip to this particular garden just outside of the M25.
One thing that truly inspired me was how well the garden worked for all ages.
It was colourful and beautiful enough for me with it’s carefully tended to plants and flowers.
But it wasn’t so floral that it took away the space that Little London would need and require to have fun.
In fact, the garden seemed to be really well segmented but very well incorporated that the dedicated areas seemed to blend and work well together.
The thing that seemed to tie it all together were the various eating areas.
The lovely laid-back seating, rustic table and chairs, and even the sun loungers.
It meant outdoor eating couldn’t have been easier making that garden lifestyle in the summer so much more achievable.
And with a heater I’m sure al fresco dining could still happen as the months start to cool down.
The use of colour was also something that really brought life to the garden and pulled it all together.
Everything was vibrant, beautiful and interesting. I loved the use of weather proofed furniture and mirrors.
With inspiration duly achieved, I went home and compiled a look book using Homebase products to try and achieve a similar feel on a budget.
As you can see I’ve gone for a great mix of colour. Like I said earlier colour was something that stood out for me, and it kept the garden fun and exciting- both for adults and children.
But in amongst that colour they also had standard garden furniture at The Medicine Garden and actually the mix of styles seemed to blend by allowing flowers to take over and bring the very differing styles together.
I often stay clear of colour as I can be really scared to use it, but I think in a garden it certainly has its place and when we move that’s the thing I’m going to take with me when we design our outdoor living.