Cottage Garden Ideas
Cottage garden design going back to the 18oo hundreds
English or cottage style gardens are very unique which brings with it much flavour with its beauty and appeal that are filled with beautiful flowers giving off such a pleasant aroma. Cottage gardens can be fun and adventures with its many garden features and narrow curvy paths or walkways made of pebbles, rocks or concrete which gives not only that beautiful scenery but that sense of being in an old English setting.
History of cottage garden
Cottage gardens have a rich history, in fact, it is believed that these gardens arose in the old English days back in the 1800 hundreds when British peasants installed these gardens around their homes planting fruits, vegetables, herbs along with flowering plants, beehives, and livestock that provided food for their families.
Cottage gardens were crowded with plants. In other words, theses peasant made the most out of the little space they had ensuring every bit was used because they knew that their survival depended on it.
Today these gardens are on the rise or have made a come back as many persons are creating or going back to those old English days.
Cottage garden ideas
Steps to installing your cottage garden
Breaking the rules
One of the rules for installing a cottage garden is breaking the rules. These gardens are not like the traditional gardens but rather creating a garden where garden plants are jammed together creating a pleasing picture as your garden shows off its many flowering plants in an array of colours. What I love about cottage gardens is it gives such a comfortable and inviting feeling that says home sweet home. This is your oasis or your garden paradise where you can kick back and relax in your private kingdom along with family and friends.
Cottage garden ideas
Steps in planning a cottage garden
In deciding to start a cottage garden a plan must be put in place for garden success.
- Know which plants are involved in a cottage garden and learn about them as much as possible for example. Shapes, hight, width, water requirements, fertilizer requirements, plant pest and disease
- When choosing plants ensure plants are healthy. Sickly plants present challenges
- Beside flowering plants include herbs such as basil, chives, rosemary garlic etc.. Herbs gives off sweet aromas that have your mind racing towards thinking of that next dish you would love to prepare. For more on herbs and its many benefits follow the links. Herbs are natural healers
- Choose traditional flowers that are used for this kind of garden
- Plant groups of flowering plants, plant in groups or masses
- Repeat colours through the garden to bring balance
- This may sound somewhat strange but plant a few vegetables among flowering plants remember it is all about breaking the rules and creating that English setting
- A few boulders scattered throughout your garden is perfect for a more natural look
Some flowering plants that can be added
These are just a few of the many plants that can be added
- Perennial geranium
- Lady’s mantle
- Sweet william
- Climbing Vines
Garden features play an important part in cottage gardens that will really complement your cottage garden.
- Bird baths
- Adding a few garden benches
- What about a hammock or two
- How about an old bicycle with a basket across the handle with flowering plants or garden herbs
- Add picket fences
- Using trellises will give that added flavour
- Using discarded items such as an old bathtub or other containers to hold plants
- If possible have a soil ph test done
- Adding organic matter is a must because this will condition your soil for proper plant growth
- Know your plant’s water requirement. It’s best to group plants together that has the seem water requirements
- Never block windows and other areas which can become a security hazard. Low growing plants should be planted in these areas while taller plants can be installed in places where they are free to grow without causing obstruction but if you insist on planting a few tall plants in front of your window ensure at all times that they are pruned to a hight that allows for good view from inside your home
- Remember proper planning and preparation is the key
- keep the use of garden pesticides to a minimum to avoid killing of beneficial insects and other wildlife
- Have a plan to keep track of monthly maintenance of your cottage garden
- When fertilizing always follow as directed on the label. There are quick release, slow or controlled release, and natural organics
Above all have fun and don’t over think this garden project just go for it as those creative juices begin to flow.
The final word
Recreating these gardens that have been around from the 1800 hundreds can be so much fun as we get a feel of generation past and what they did by not only beautifying their surroundings but feeding their families along with using natural ways in keeping each other healthy and happy so let’s go for it and create this garden setting as we go back to the 1800 hundreds.