The idea of the cottage garden was thought of hundreds of years ago. Poor farm workers would use the gardens in their homes to grow food, herbs and fruit to feed their family’s
During the war many gardens were turned into cottage gardens as again people needed to grow fruit and veg to feed their families.
Now days, the humble Cottage Garden is a much-celebrated style, a regular on the Main Avenue of Chelsea Flower show and gardens up and down the country. One of the most appealing things about the style is there are not any rigid rules to follow. You can plant things that you love and fill your garden with scent and flowers and cram in your vegetables and fruit in any space you have.
If you plan to create your own cottage garden, it’s best to start off small to stop it growing out of control. Learn how to keep your plants healthy and gradually expand the size of your plot. Diseases and pests are kept at bay as you do a lot of mixed planting this attracts beneficial insects and wildlife to your garden.
Some of the best plants to choose for your cottage garden are simple varieties which are high performance, but also tough and reliable. A colourful mix of perennials, annuals and flowering shrubs will give you a year-round vision.
Part of the appeal of the cottage garden is the chaotic charm which breaks all of the rules. This let’s old fashioned favourites such as Geraniums, Roses and Foxgloves weave through each other to create a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Clumps of perennials such as Salvia, Rudbeckia and Aquilegia can be used as the backbone of colour in your garden year after year. Add in evergreens to add winter interest and scented plants such as lavender for colour and fragrance.
Don’t forget to add lots of spots for sitting in your garden to enjoy the fruits of your labour!
Producing a profusion of flowers in a short space of time means that your soil will need to be kept in good condition all year round. It’s a good idea to feed your soil in early spring and dig in well-rotted manure between plants during the winter.
Use fun elements. Add old wheelbarrows, lanterns and statues to give a personal effect!