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Cottage Garden FAQ

Answers to your questions about the English Cottage Garden

This is a compilation of our information on Cottage Gardens, focusing on design, plants, themes and elements.

What is a cottage garden?

What is a cottage garden?

What is a cottage garden?

The cottage garden is a distinct gardening style that uses informal and almost chaotic design, traditional materials, dense varied plantings, testures and colors and a mixture of ornamental and edible plants. English in origin, it depends on grace and charm rather than grandeur and formal structure.

What describes the typical Cottage Garden?

What describes the typical Cottage Garden?

What describes the typical Cottage Garden?

Here is a list of triats for the typical English Cottage Garden and its design:
  • Varied plantings
  • Annuals and Pernnials
  • Flowing color
  • Varied textures
  • Layered
  • Controlled Chaos
  • Slightly Disorganized
  • Curved Paths
  • Scented Plants
  • Varied Features
  • Outdoor rooms
  • Walls of Stone and Flowers
  • Whispy
  • Whimsical
  • Overflowing

What plants are used in a Cottage Garden?

What plants are used in a Cottage Garden?

What plants are used in a Cottage Garden?

Plant selection is one of the most important parts of any english Cottage Garden plan or design. Here are some Cottage Garden plant lists based on types: Annuals for the Cottage Garden Perennials for the Cottage Garden

What are some features in and around a Cottage Garden?

What are some features in and around a Cottage Garden?

What are some features in and around a Cottage Garden?

The Cottage Garden is abound with features, from meandering paths to gates and pickets fences, bird baths and statues, to rocks and trellises. Really, you can add anything to the Cottage landscape and incorporate it into your layout. Here are some top used features: Cottage Garden Features.

What is the history behind the English Cottage Garden?

What is the history behind the English Cottage Garden?

What is the history behind the English Cottage Garden?

The traditional English cottage garden has a rich and deep history. In medieval times, they contained practical plants, like herbs, fruit trees, vegetables, a beehive and often livestock, providing food and nourishment for poor cottage dwellers. Flowers tended to have a practical, rather than an aesthetic value. You can read more here: History of the English Cottage Garden