Are you really passionate about plants? Then, all you need is a little time and the result is really worth it, you can create a classic effect by growing your own cottage garden. Informal in design, it’s graceful and one of a kind in making. Though earlier cottage gardens included more herbs and vegetables, today’s modern ones give emphasis to numerous regional variations.
A cottage garden is as quintessentially British as cream teas, the Royal Family and a strange obsession with the weather. Few sights are more impressive in summer than a chocolate-box house surrounded by a space brimming with roses, perennials and flowering climbers.
Yet you don’t need to own a thatched, period stone cottage in the heart of countryside to enjoy this kind of display. These informal, mixed planting schemes can be created around any style or age of property, whether you live in a town, city or a village in the middle of nowhere. In fact, the benefit of a cottage garden is that the style is typically very busy – ideal for anyone wishing to grow lots of plants in a small area.
The relaxed style of a cottage garden is achieved by keeping the layout simple. Avoid anything too fussy or complex as the outline will soon be lost once the plants get going.
Use stone, gravel or grass paths to break up the space among beds and borders.
A single, narrow path would be fine in a small, rectangular back garden. Wider walkways or swathes of grass are more suitable for a larger plot.
Following tips can create simple cottage garden:
Start with a small space that keeps it small, it’d be difficult for you if you made a gigantic one at first and you can’t feed it regularly. So, always make it simple and humble for the time being till your confidence gets a boost.
- Plant it at the right place
Plants will only grow if they are positioned at the right place, the ideal condition should be provided to plants, and they should be planted in a way that they can get sufficient sunlight and rain.
- Mulching plays a great role
Mulching is a covering laid over the soil surface in order to help it retain moisture. It also blocks the weeds from growing, creates a cool atmosphere, and also, makes the garden bed look more attractive. Organic mulches, as well as synthetic ones are available.
- Make a pathway running through the garden
Pathways make the garden less crowded and it offers a welcoming effect to the visitors. Being less crowded, it gives a visual pleasure to the visitors.
- Make use of long lasting plants
Plants like Melampodium stay consistent in the summer without shedding away. Plant it perfectly.
- Some cottage plants
Grow mock oranges and delphiniums in full sun or partial shade. Delphinium should be taken care of strong winds. Full draining soil and full sun is the perfect condition for lavender and foxglove.