Before & After: Karin’s Cottage Garden

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This garden went from doggie potty to just about one of the prettiest cottage gardens I have seen in a long time.  The walkway with its moss infused steps and the gravel that provides an easy maintenance surface are hands down my favorite things about it.

garden makeover (in progress)

Karin also made over the front garden and the inside of her Toronto, Canada bungalow.  The full set of makeover images can be seen here.  (A click through is totally worth the effort because you can also feast your eyes on her adorable dog and her pretty artwork as well.

garden makeover cottage

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images from Karin

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.


  1. Kay on October 19, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Wow! What a transformation! I really enjoy your blog.

  2. Bria on October 21, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    Wonderful! Love the use of vertical plants and that pathway!

  3. Jen on October 25, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Oh, it’s beautiful! A very soothing place with a zen-like feel, not having any lawn.

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