If you’ve always dreamed of owning a cottage garden, here are a few tips on how to go about having your very own paradise.
Start by chalking out a plan for your garden. Use graph paper for your plan so that it is to scale. Decide on how you would like your cottage garden to look. Would you prefer a winding, paved path leading up to the main entrance or would you like your garden to be tucked away in a corner of the house.
If you don’t have a definite idea, as you draw out the shape of your garden on the graph paper you will find yourself thinking far more clearly. While planning, take care to draw the locations of trees, shrubs and flowering plants that you would like to include as part of your cottage garden. Take into account any fixtures that you want to incorporate in your garden.
The next step is soil preparation. The plants are generally hardy so the soil does not need too much of care. Just dig it up before you start and add compost if your soil is sandy or clayey. In case the soil is the kind that retains water, you’ll need to provide for drainage.
Decide on which trees you would like in your cottage garden. Fruit trees like apple and plum and greengage provide shade as well as fruit. These trees also look beautiful when they begin to blossom.
A cottage garden should ideally have shrubs that are used to border off areas within the area.
It typically has lavender and rosemary which you should incorporate for the right atmosphere. These plants are sweet-smelling and are also useful in the kitchen and in the bath. Herbs like sage, thyme, marjoram and mint are a must to make your cottage garden look complete.
A cottage garden should have a profusion of flowering plants like lupins, hollyhocks, daisies, marigolds, primroses, violets and forget me nots. There is a huge variety to choose from and you can select the flowers you would like on the basis of whether you would like them tall or close to ground level.
A garden should have at least two types of roses including a climbing rose that is supported by a trellis. You can provide different fixtures in your cottage garden such as a sundial, a bird bath, an arch or an outdoor bench. Once your garden is complete enjoy it to its fullest.