This is the first of a series trying to capture the essence of different garden styles. ‘Style Counsel’ will be a series of snippets – just a few words and images. I’d love to hear your comments on these and please add your own thoughts on what makes up these different styles – and if you have some pictures to add that’s even better. So, what is a Cottage Garden?

Cottage gardens have layouts that are simple and often geometric, though many have a more sinuous layout with twists and turns, especially as the garden moves further away from the cottage /house, where more natural, wilder planting can prevail.

Key characteristics include:

  • Profuse planting featuring many herbaceous perennials such as Delphinium, Stocks, Hollyhock, Lupin, ‘signature’ annuals such as Sweet Peas and Marigolds and a few evergreen shrubs for winter interest and structure
  • Rustic furniture made out of rough timber
  • ‘Roses round the door’, and on arbours or other structures
  • Weathered paths often made from old bricks or rammed earth with simple, if any, edging tiles or boards
  • Vegetables, fruit and herbs often mixed in with the flowers

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Old School Gardener

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