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DIY - How to Create a Country Garden

Updated on June 15, 2011

Country Garden

Anyone can create a country garden
Anyone can create a country garden | Source

What is a Country Garden?

A country garden in a casual, informal garden that looks more natural in style.

It is the opposite of a formal garden where everything is neat in rows and trimmed to perfection.

A country garden is the perfect choice for a homeowner that loves lot's of color and textures in their gardens, and prefers a natural look.

This is a simple DIY project that you can do, I will offer suggestions, and tips to get your going on your own country garden project, so keep reading too find out more.

Relaxing in the garden is a wonderful way to unwind after a hectic day. If you enjoy gardening you don't even mind the work involved, because the rewards from your efforts are so great.

Taking a stroll through your country garden uncovers daily surprises that are always rewarding.

Create your Own Country Garden

Since a country garden is not formal, you don't have to be so picky about the plants chosen for the garden area.

If you want more of a natural look, you can start from seed, and save lots of money doing so.

You can grow a wildflower garden if you have a large area you want to cover fast. Just prep the area, remove sod, or weeds, loosen the dirt, plant the wildflower seeds, lightly cover them, water regularly, and watch them grow. Take cut flowers inside for arrangements indoors from your garden.

Use a combination of annuals and perennials to create a garden that offers return flowers each year.

I have started gardens this way with success.

If you grow perennials from seed and want to move them to other locations later, to fill in spaces this is a good way to do that too.

I have an "inventory of blanket flowers and black eyed susan flowers right now that I started from seed last year. I have transplanted several, and still have plenty left in the original place they were planted.

For a more structured design for you country garden, start with plants. Plant several plants together in groups so that they grow larger in clumps of the same type of flower.

This looks better than one here and there, or rows. Usually group at least three of any plant type together.

Choose flowers that are hardy for your area, refer to the plant chart for your zone if you are not sure what zone you live in.

Also choose plants that you love, that look good together if you are using a variety of different plants together.

Another way to create a counrty garden, is to plant all of one type of plant, such as daylilies, or marigolds, or sunflowers.

You can mix the colors of the flowers, and the sizes, but keep the same family of plants in the country garden.

A cottage garden and a country garden have some common traits. Neither style is perfectly pruned or formal in style. And both usually offer lots of color and variety.

Start planning your own country garden today.

Add casual garden decor to your new country garden space.

Bird houses on posts or hanging from trees or shepherds hooks, galvanized buckets and watering cans as planters, rusty farm equipment,( like in the photo below), wagons, antique water pumps and more "old" items fit in perfectly with a country garden. So have fun decorating the space after you plant your new garden!

Leave you comments, share your thoughts below.

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Old Farm Equipment is perfect for a Country Garden

Farm Equipment like is looks great in a country garden
Farm Equipment like is looks great in a country garden | Source

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      RentedMule 6 years ago from Lexington Kentucky

      Nice story Becky, The people that don't like her garden probably prefer a more manicured look, As long as she is happy, that is the most important thing! Thanks for your comment.

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