A cottage garden created by Trewithen Garden with water features, flowering favourites and an apple tree bearing fruit has been judged of silver gilt standard at this year's Royal Cornwall Show. Gary Long, Head Gardener, for Trewithen, based near Grampound just outside Truro, who designed the garden with the help of his team, was delighted with the result.

He said: "Our first thought was to create a rose garden to complement our new rose garden at Trewithen, but it evolved and the end result was a garden that we hope will inspire and encourage all gardeners. All our efforts could be easily recreated in any garden regardless of size."

The Trewithen show piece, which measured just 15ft by 8ft, included a delicate balance of flowering plants including; geraniums, primula, rhododendron, hydrangea and roses, mixed with various types and heights of leafy plant including Japanese maple, hosta, tree ferns and bamboo.

The garden also featured an apple tree full of fruit and two water features – one created at Trewithen from two hollow logs and one made from copper by a local Grampound man. The majority of the plants used in the show garden were grown in the Trewithen nursery and are on sale to the public.

After weeks of design and preparation, the Trewithen gardeners built a mock-up of the finished show piece at the Trewithen estate to make sure it worked well before transporting it to the Royal Cornwall Showground at Wadebridge for the judging, which took place early on Thursday morning.

Gary said: "The standard of entries in the competition this year was extremely high and to be awarded silver gilt standard is a huge accolade – not just for the design but for the quality of the plants the Trewithen nursery gardeners have grown."