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Cottage Gardens

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Cottage Garden

This type of garden is one of the most popular world-wide. It appeals to so many with its abundance of flowering plants. These give colour and variety to the garden each month of the year. Cottage gardens do not have to be big, even in a small space you can create your own cottage effect.

Types Of Cottage Garden You need to decide how you want your cottage garden to look and select your plants. There are number of easy styles to consider:

  • Tapestry – or woven style – design a simple pattern of planting using the same plants. Repeat the pattern along the garden. The framework will give you the solid lines you need to start. Then you can fill in the areas with plants of you choice. The framework can be a hedge or border on the same plant throughout or it can be mixed.
  • Colour theme – This is a popular style of Cottage gardening – plant areas in shades of a colour. For example a Blue garden – choose plants which will flower at different times of the year, and that are different shades of blue. To follow on next to the blue area you can either go for contrasting colours (such as yellow) or blend in purples and dark reds. You can be as bold or as subtle as you like. Remember to have plenty of foliage colour to enhance the flowering plants.
  • Dramatic mass plantings – choose plants which blend in together well. A selection of 3 to 7 types of plants works best. Plant in groups of the same plant for maximum impact.
  • Mixed Border – One of the most common types of cottage gardens. This is basically a blend of Roses, shrubs and flowering plants. With a emphasis on group plantings of perennials for bold colour display. An example is a selection of roses, inter planted with Delphinium (planted in multiples of 3), Penstemons, a border of Stachys lanata (Lambs ear), Alchemilla mollis (Ladys Mantle), foliage plants such as Heucheras, Tiarella’s, Day Lilies, Daisies etc. In general you can add all your favourite perennials to the mixed Cottage garden. Try to choose plants which will provide colour at different time of the year.

One of the most wonderful things with cottage gardens is that it’s very easy. You can always find a place for that little plant you bought at the local fair or show.

You don’t need a lot of space – the cottage style is great in a small courtyard. You can have a cottage garden in the shade – just choose your plants carefully. Large gardens lend them selves well to the cottage theme. You can add your own personality into your garden very easily with a cottage garden and choosing the right plants. If you like bright clothes on colours then have a bright garden, alternatively if you prefer subtle and soft tones – choose these colours for the garden.