Classic country gardens feature many of the plants you might find in a cottage garden scheme, but tend to be larger and more formal. You’ll often find them in the grounds of a grand house, as at Hestercombe or Wollerton Old Hall.
They’re typically defined by long, deep borders planted up with herbaceous perennials and flowering shrubs. They might be framed by crisply edged lawns, neatly trimmed hedges and wide paths, often leading to a view or focal point. Formal meadows and ponds often make an appearance, too, their boundaries clearly demarcated by straight edges.