Country cottage garden design is an easy, relaxed and often unruly offshoot of the more traditional/formal garden style. Here, in cottage gardens, there is less emphasis put on the perfect placement or symmetry of various plants. However, through this article, you will learn plenty of hints and tips to get your indoor home gardening feel cozy and cottage-like. Let us delve into some important information about how to build cottage garden design.
One important aspect of a country cottage garden is the arrangement of flowers and plants. In most cases, the flowers are arranged either in clumps or in large clusters. The arrangement should not take away from the beauty of the flowers, but it does need to compliment the color scheme of the garden. A well-liked floral arrangement is the use of wildflowers or gardenias, which come in a wide variety of colors and can even be used in different heights (petals or stems) to contrast with other foliage and shrubs.
If you are aiming for a cottage garden design that is less sophisticated, one idea is to focus on using only one type of plant. For instance, if you have many garden herbs growing (and a lot of them), you can use those in combination with one another in order to minimize your planting efforts while still showcasing the visual effects of the garden. In many instances, when plants are used in more than one way, they become too overpowering and cause a sense of disorganization. On the other hand, a carefully chosen few will really enhance the look of the entire area.
As a rule of thumb, cottage gardens should be a place where everything blends together. Certain types of gardening, such as horticulture and horticultural-related activities, may need special permits in order to allow them to occur, so make sure to check with the town or city in which you live before doing anything. Other than that, most everything can be done at ground level and without much effort. Remember that many older country homes had dirt floors and dirt basements; incorporate those ideas into your own gardening to create the appearance of an older lifestyle.
Although horticultural plants tend to be more dominant in most cottages, the list of traditional cottage garden plants is much smaller. One reason for this is that most people do not have the budget for exotic plants and flowers; keeping things simple helps to conserve space and resources, which is especially important if you are growing plants from seed. The best plants to use in a country cottage garden are those that require minimal maintenance. Basil, chives, and garlic are all low-maintenance plants that make for excellent additions to any cottage garden. Choose containers that are made of mesh or other medium-sized holes, rather than plastic, as they will retain moisture better and are less likely to rot or warp.
Of course, flowers are always an obvious inclusion in a cottage garden. Although you should use annuals in containers, there are also a number of perennials that look good at planting from seeds or as cuttings. Check with local nurseries to see the complete list of perennial plants that are available for purchase, as well as the growing seasons of those plants. If you are growing plants from seeds, be sure to plant them according to their normal growing seasons and follow the proper care instructions for each variety.
When it comes to flowering plants, there are many options. Most cottage gardens will feature both annuals and perennials, with the shrubs and vines doing most of the work of attracting the flowers and greenery to the surface. Most flowers will be attracted to the greenery, while the annuals will provide protection from birds and wildlife to prevent damage. There are also some flowers that do not bloom until the following year, meaning that you will have to plan ahead if you want to plant the perfect flower for your area. For instance, blue star milkweed is a perennial that will provide lush green cover throughout the year, but will flower beautifully during the first year of its life in your garden.
One of the best parts of a cottage garden style planters is the small gravel or flagstone patio. These can be used for barbecues and meals, or used for the actual seating in the kitchen or dining room. There are numerous ideas, such as using old soda cans as the seating, but the key is to make sure that everything is functional. If you are planning the entire project from scratch, look online for ideas on how to create a rustic patio from inexpensive resources.