Create a Cottage Garden
Turn Your Yard into a Romantic Cottage Garden
There's something about a cottage garden that seems so romantic and cozy. I remember visits to my grandparents when I was little. They were devoted gardeners and I spent many magical hours wandering in my grandmother's flower garden. Now I realize that it was a cottage garden with its winding paths, old-fashioned flowers and the garden archway. It was bursting with color, lovely flower scents and interesting textures.
Here are some pictures to inspire you and some tips and links to help you make your own cottage garden.
Graphic available from Zazzle: Summer Cottage Garden by pamdicar
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Snapdragons - An Old-Fashioned Flower
Use Lots of Color in Your Cottage Garden
Don't be timid. Cottage gardens look great with lots of varied colors.
Aren't these snapdragons marvelously colorful and so old-fashioned. There were some in Grandmother Ruth's garden.
Books to Help with Your Cottage Garden
Looking at pictures of cottage gardens really inspire me. Seeing how other gardeners combine their colors and stage their plantings for maximum effect is quite useful. These books may be available at the public library. Get a couple and have a good time browsing.
If your library doesn't have any cottage garden books, these are available from Amazon.
Creating a Cottage Garden in North America
Since cottage gardens are such a tradition in England, many books target the UK audience. This one particularly tells how to create a cottage garden in North America.
The Entrance to My Grandmother's Cottage Garden
At the time, I didn't know that my grandmother's garden was a classic cottage garden. I just knew that I loved walking through that archway and wandering around among the flowers. I remember seeing snapdragons in bloom and bells of Ireland. There were hollyhocks and roses. Tea roses, rambling roses and climbing roses.
Obviously it was a labor of love, planting all those flowers and tending them under the hot Kansas sun. What a delightful garden she created.
(photo from the Martin family album)
Tour a Cottage Garden
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What to Plant...
Any of the old fashioned flowers like roses, nasturtiums, foxglove, iris, petunias, daisies and so many more will fit your garden perfectly. You'll want an abundance of color and plants to fill all the planting space you can.
Foxglove - A Traditional Flower for the Cottage Garden
I just planted three clumps of foxglove in my garden. I'm getting lots of compliments on it already. This blooms for 2 years then needs replanting. (photo by Virginia Allain)
Close-Up of a Foxglove Blossom
Grow Hollyhocks from Seed or Plants
Hollyhocks come in some delightful colors and grow tall enough that you can plant the behind other plants. My mother remembers making flower dolls in her childhood with the hollyhocks for the skirt.
Add a Trellis Arch for the Cottage Garden
My grandmother had one of these at the entrance to her flower garden. I loved it and now I have one for my garden too with clematis growing on it.
You can choose from a curved arch or a squared one. Then there are all sorts of materials to select from. The one I have is vinyl and should last a long time. After 6 years, it was looking dingy from mold and dust, but I washed it and it looks like new again.
Arched Garden Arbor
This one is so pretty, you feel like a bride will appear at any moment to make a ceremonious entrance for a garden wedding.
You can have this graceful arch to enjoy everyday. It invites your visitors to enter and enjoy your plantings.
The Entrance Arch for My Garden Is Covered with Clematis
Windsor Arbor Garden Trellis
This classic look never goes out of style. Plant your favorite vining plant on it. Vintage climbing roses, morning glories, or clematis would all look right-at-home on this arbor.
Iris Are a Spring Treat - You'll Want to Include These
More Inspiration for the Cottage Gardener
I can't wait to read this one. Gardening books loaded with photos really inspire me. If it works that way for you, here's the book you want.
Plants for Your Cottage Garden - How-To Tips from Susan Golis
Iris Purple Bearded Flower Tote Bag by Susang6
Inspiration for a Small Flower Garden
- Yard and Garden Secrets: Growing Tips: Black-eyed Susan Flower
Susan Golis shares growing tips for a wide variety of flowers that you'll want to grow.
- Small Flower Garden Ideas Photograph | beautiful small flowers
Small Flower Garden Ideas Picture gathered by Susan Golis.
Decide on the Kind of Path You Want for Your Cottage Garden
- How to Install a Sand Set Flagstone Patio and Walkway | eHow.com
For a flagstone patio and walkway that will be the envy of your neighborhood, you will need the right tools, materials, plus a strong back and knees! The flagstone patio and walkway will not only be beautiful, but it will increase the value of your h
- How to Design and Install a Gravel Path | eHow.com
A gravel path will connect your patios with your gardens and it will make your landscape more eye appealing. If you are interested in a gravel path for your yard, then this is the perfect DIY project. The steps are easy and the entire project from st
Nasturtiums Add Color and You Can Even Eat the Flowers
Add a Bench to Sit and Admire Your Cottage Garden
No one else in your neighborhood will have such a unique bench. Sweet!
The back is a butterfly with wings outstretched for a very pretty look.
My New Hampshire Garden
I Invite You to Visit My Garden
- Take a Tour of My Zen Garden
Enjoy a virtual stroll around my New England garden. Wander about the paths under the pines and maples, then take a rest on the deck. You'll find tips for adding similar features to your yard.
© 2010 Virginia Allain