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3 Fresh Ideas For A Cottage Garden

Cottage gardens evoke a sense of romanticism. You imagine a colorful bounty of flowers in planned profusion. However, actually planning such a profusion may seem daunting. Design a cottage garden that channels pleasing chaos while beautifying your yard.

Heirloom Garden

An heirloom garden is reminiscent of bygone days. You can plan your whole yard in heirloom style or create a mini-garden by surrounding the plants with pavers. The following plants are charmingly old-fashioned:

  • Mock orange shrub
  • Sweet rockets
  • Iris
  • Peonies
  • Asparagus
  • Coralbells

All of the above plants are hardy in most zones, but talk to your local landscapers about which plants are best for your area.

Start with the flowering shrub as the backdrop. For a larger garden, plant two. Next, create three rows in front of the shrub with your perennials, one per row. For instance, place peonies in the center flanked by sweet rockets and irises. Try to keep the rows uneven to give the feel of planned profusion. Cluster the coralbells near the shrub with the asparagus or other annual taking up a far corner for textural appeal.

Bench Frame

One of the charms of a cottage garden is the idea of cozy hideaways. Even if you don't have an extensive yard, create a cozy spot with a bench. Choose a spot that gets partial shade, and select perennials that fare well in the shade. Better Homes and Gardens suggests the following:

  • Bigroot geranium
  • Hosta
  • Hydrangea
  • Monkshood
  • Bleeding heart
  • Toad lily

Cluster tall, colorful plants such as monkshood and bleeding heart behind the bench. Add a shrub or two such as hydrangea for more privacy. Flank the bench itself with clumps of smaller flowers such as bigroot geranium and toad lily as well as pretty plants like hosta. Fill in the gaps with ground cover such as Irish moss or ajuga.

Cottage Folly

Having a sloped yard doesn't mean you have to give up your dream of having a cottage garden. On the contrary, some of the most charming gardens are centered around a folly. You may not want to go so far as to construct an actual building at the top of your slope, but you can get the same effect with a fountain or bit of statuary. Center this piece on top of your slope.

Next, you're actually going to emphasize the slope by planting tall plants on top, such as irises and lilies. If your "folly" is big enough, consider nestling an English rose next to it. Place a few more of your tall flowers about halfway down the slope. Fill in the rest with a colorful profusion of flowers. Talk to your local landscapers about which blooms are best for your soil.

Cottage folly, bench frame, heirloom garden – plan a cottage garden that is as unique as your yard. To learn more, contact a company like A-1 Landscaping & Lot Clearing with any questions you have.


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