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The English Country Garden

Updated on March 13, 2017

My Cottage Garden

My cottage garden would have to include hollyhocks and cosmos, mostly because I like them for their majestic and ethereal beauty. The hollyhock takes me back to my boyhood and the cosmos with its feathery foliage speaks of ancient times and a sense of mystery.

Tulips, daffodils, and lilies would also be part of this garden, bringing early colour and life, in the case of the daffodils and tulips, and summer beauty for the lilies, to the garden.

I eagerly anticipate the day when winter finally melts and spring is ushered in by the early bulbs, bravely sticking their heads out of the ground which often still is snow covered in the shadowy places.

Lavender, thyme, dill and basil will be there to add fragrance and flavour.

Of course tomatoes, strawberries and beans are all essential elements of this landscape.

English Cottage Garden

Lupine, columbine, bellflower, monkshood, lady’s mantle and lamb’s tongue are all common names of plants which were once found in the cottage garden.

They are all perennials and they would be scattered amongst the soft-fruit bushes, spring bulbs and herbs. Their purpose was to fill in the gaps and complete the picture. They may also attract the pollinators that help the vegetables and herb blossom and bear fruit.

If I was to select on garden style, a style that I would apply to my own home, it would be modeled on the English Cottage Garden. Why, I consider the English Cottage Garden to be one of the more holistic and environmentally sound garden styles.

The backyard food forest is, without question, a better way to meet all your food and other needs, but not everyone is going to turn their space into a food forest so the next best thing or rather a choice that any gardener can select is the cottage garden.

The Cottage Garden traces its origins back to the 15th century and the English villages of the time. The gardens are a mix of flowers, herbs and vegetables and can meet many of the residents’ daily needs, such as, medicinal teas, herbal balms, insect repellents and food.

The actual plant choice will vary from location to location but the overall design and function will be similar.

English Cottage Garden

A Summer Day

Picture a sunny summer morning, you step out your back door and into the garden which is alive with the sight, sounds and smells that only a thriving garden can bring. The bees are busy pollinating the various blooming plants and the butterflies are flitting from about in a nature choreography performance. The fragrance of lavender gently floats across the tranquil but active scene.

You sit down in a chair conveniently located nearby and enjoy yoru morning coffee while Nature’s dance whirls about you.

The cottage garden provides not only food for the eyes and body but a place to retreat from the daily world, a place where you reunite with Nature and rejuvenate yourself as you gradually come to realize that Nature is not something that is apart for you but rests at the very centre of your being. The garden reawakens our primal connection with the earth and engages us in her ever turning cycle.


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  • Bob Ewing profile image

    Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks for dropping by.

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    2uesday 8 years ago

    Interesting hubpage, especially to read this after just spending an hour cutting back the summer plants that seem to want to take over my garden.

    I love the harmony and blend of colour and texture of a country/cottage style planting.

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    Bob Ewing 9 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks for dropping by.

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    marphyd 9 years ago

    hope i will there in future .....impressive

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    Bob Ewing 9 years ago from New Brunswick

    Watch for a future hub that specifcally addresses your situation, thanks for dropping by. What is the winter like?

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    laringo 9 years ago from From Berkeley, California.

    The English Garden looks very lovely and I bet it smells wonderful. I would love to have something similar but my green thumb in the garden is not that good. Where I live it's gets over 100 degrees very often in the summer and scorches plants. My backyard gets the hot afternoon sun. Bob do you have any tips for me?