Cottage gardens possess a classic and charismatic charm that resonates with plant lovers. For many they symbolise memories of a grandparent or a drive through the English countryside.
The primary elements in cottage gardens are blossoms and colour.
Modern day design is really all about clean lines, with much less is more approach to plants, furnishings and furniture. Cottage gardens are the complete reverse, the larger plants the better. The mix of plants are attractive with their myriad of old fashioned looking flowers, perfume and variety.
Part of the allure is the unstructured, intimate and whimsical appearance, almost like Mother Nature made it herself. Once established, plants easily self multiply and seed, covering all available soil, becoming almost a blur of blossoms and foliage.
The cottage garden design was evolving for decades; its origins are traced back to working class Victorian times, in which the workers lived in cottages. At that moment, growing food was the priority, as time went by, blossoms started to creep in the vegetable garden together with chickens, fruit trees and blossoms.
Developing a cabin garden
Cottage gardens don’t really have any principles, but its up to the person; they have a tendency to match people who don’t want to be confined to plant selection, straight lines and formality. Some might say a more informal approach, but on the other hand a nicely considered and carefully planted cottage garden will have all year round seasonal attention and it can pretty much manage itself once planted.
Recycle and reuse
A cottage garden design can combine in a variety of attributes from picket fences to brick walls to pergolas and figurines through to poultry coops, tee pees and seating places. Old water tanks, farm implements, rustic furniture, corrugated iron, railway sleepers and old gear, such as water cans all add to the allure.
Top methods for cottage Houses:
- Do not be reluctant to plant in every available plot of dirt.
- Group plants of a similar color together.
- Locate room to put a seat in a tranquil or secluded corner.
- Select plants which easily self seed and multiply, these will fill in any gaps as the seasons go by, leaving no space for weeds.
- Avoid planting in straight rows and lines.
- Scatter wild seed packets about in spring and fall to see what pops up.
Average cottage garden plants – below are Only a few options:
Whatever flowers you would like to grow, you may only be successful if you select flowers that agree with your local climate.
- Flowers — cosmos, delphinium, dahlia, foxgloves, cornflower, poppies, hollyhock, larkspur, marguerite daisy, lady’s mantle, lavatera, inventory, penstemon, echinacea, gaura, salvia, and achillea
- Wildflowers and herbaceous
- Vegetables — silverbeet, kale, cavalo nero, runner beans
- Shrubs — hydrangea, roses, cistus, lavender
- Old fashioned roses
- Fruit trees, currants, brambles
- Hedges — beech, escalonia, buxus, lonicera
Remember you don’t need to have a cabin like house to have a cabin garden; modern houses and flats can combine in cottage elements into the backyard by utilizing low hedges as a boundary in behind which cabin plants can be expanded.