Cottage Gardens

Cottage gardens are to a cottage or rather cottage styled houses. Random and carefree in form and a cluttered look are the characteristics of this type of gardens. A profusion of old-fashioned colorful flowers add life to cottage gardens.

Cottage gardens are English in origin and were built by workers who lived in cottages and these gardens provided food and herbs. They also planted beautiful flowery plants for decoration like perennials or bulbs. Watering and weeding efforts were reduced as plants were planted very closely and in abundant sunlight. Flowery plants like hollyhocks, delphinium and daisies, which are not seasonal, are the cottage garden favorites.

While creating your own cottage garden, always remember that paths across these gardens are lead not only from the entrance of the garden to your front door but also surround your cottage for a pleasant walk around. So two kinds of path are needed, preferably narrow, wide and decorated on the sides. These paths can be made out of gravel, cobbled-setts, wood, york-stone, bark or paving slabs. Gravel is cheap, quick and easy to lay and hence a very popular choice. Cobbled-setts are a bit difficult to walk on and build and are best suited for people who give maximum amount of time to their gardens. Wood looks good near or around a water feature. York-stone gets slippery when they are wet so are not the obvious choice. Bark is ideal for temporary paths and paving slabs are good in all sense.

Cottage gardens look ideal if these paths are lined with flowers or plants. Lavender, forsythia and box balls can be planted along the sides of the path spaced about 1.8m and with uniform gaps in them. This will give a look of order amidst the chaos.

Plants are grown very closely to each other to give the cottage gardens a natural unkempt look. But doing this can be tough. Be very careful while grouping your plants and make it look like naturally grown. Choose by color, height and texture and this would help you in grouping them. You can arrange them at random or in rows or drifts or group them by their types. You may want to use a mixture which is very popular but remember to make it look as natural as possible.

Cottage gardens generally do not require a lot of maintenance. They are generally left to look after themselves and therefore can have a lot of common flowers. It is very easy to build a cottage garden. Plan out the hardscape surface and then plant the shrubs, trees and perennials. Add a touch of design by using old pottery or baskets as a design element in the garden, which add to the old-world charm of cottage gardens.

Gardening and landscaping are one of life's simple joys. Learn more about Cottage Gardens by visiting our Garden Facts web site.