Garden Style Series: Cottage Garden
Cottage Garden MaintenanceThis doesn’t mean a cottage garden is low maintenance, however, regular maintenance should be done to keep the garden looking it’s best. This includes weeding, pruning and deadheading as well as keeping the soil healthy using soil amendments and mulches.
Cottage Garden HardscapingThough these gardens have minimal hardscaping, arbors and trellises are often installed for vertical growing vines and roses, and benches and bird baths are placed for enjoying nature. Small patios with outdoor furniture for garden breakfasts are commonplace. The white picket fence came from this garden style and is incorporated for visual appearances and to maintain a sense of privacy.
Cottage gardening is an informal garden style, but not without some planning. Plants are not in perfect groupings, though there is an emphasis on visual interest using height, structure and texture of plant material. Densely planted, plants can self-sow and grow into walkways. Varying types of plants that attract pollinators and animals to the garden are also used.
Garden plants include a mix of annuals, perennials, and flowering shrubs and trees. Usually, there’s three to four dominant colors in a cottage garden design with a unique mix of textures and forms.
It’s common to see a variety of native plants incorporated into a cottage garden design. This encourages native pollinators to visit and sustains a healthy landscape. Some cottage gardens also have vegetable gardens with heirloom varieties.