COTTAGE STYLE GARDENS
Cottage style gardens look very elegant and homely, heavily contributing to the perfect justification of spending as much time as possible in your garden over the warm months ahead. A cottage garden optimises a profusion of fresh scented flowers, helping to increase the allure of your garden area. With summer around the corner, it is the perfect time to get your garden looking beautiful for you and all your friends and family to enjoy.
Below are some useful tips on how to transform your garden into a cottage style.
It is not uncommon for cottage gardens to be a bit small, but that is a factor in which you can use to your advantage to create a cosy yet vibrant garden space. Lattice fences work perfectly as they help to transpire that traditional cottage vibe, in addition to being a great support for flowering vines. The addition of flowers will help to uplift your garden with a splash of colour.
Although lattice and picket fences tend to be traditional types of fences used in cottage style gardens, its worth noting that you can paint the fences any colour to create a look which is to your preference.
MAKE USE OF PATHWAYS AND PATIOS
Pathways and patios can really set off your cottage style garden, making it stand out from other gardens that friends and family might have. Curving pathways are a great look in this example. Not only do they help to add to the homely feel, they also entice guests (and yourself for that matter) to explore the garden to its full parameters.
A vast range of materials could be used to complete your walkway such as stone, bricks or even tiles. All of which are highly durable and pleasing to the eye.
For more of a rustic look, soft paving such as gravel or wood chips look fantastic! However, it must be acknowledged that a soft paving approach would need a form of maintenance to always look at its best. For example, weeds and roots are likely to force their way through meaning that prevention measures would have to be implemented. Regular de-weeding and use of weed killers which you can find here at Polhill Garden Centre, would enable you to keep on top of it.
If done properly, pathways can create an elegant and classy look to your cottage style garden.
PLENTY OF PLANTS AND FLOWERS
Plant beds and vibrant colours across a multiple range of flowers are two major elements of a cottage garden. Strongly fragranced plants are also found across cottage gardens, where blooms tangle together to create colourful foliage for all to enjoy.
Cottage gardens also make for a romantic setting with the use of red, pink and cream roses being a prominent feature. The smell and look of these roses are pivotal factors in helping to complete the overall look of your cottage garden.
Whatever plants you choose to plant, just ensure that you plant them close together, leaving very little space in your beds and borders. Most traditional cottage gardens will have crowded borders surrounding the house itself, with climbing plants at the back scrambling up the walls and framing doors and windows.
Not only do rustic features look elegant and traditional within a garden area, they are synonymous with cottage style gardens. Arbours and trellis’s look fantastic in any garden, particularly in a cottage garden where you can make it the showcase stand out feature of the garden area.
Quirky products can be used as planters such as old buckets, watering cans. wheelbarrows and bikes. They help to give your plants a different overall look, as well as ensuring that your garden looks unique to that of your friends and family.
This informal style of garden is great for a low maintenance space but remember to keep plants in check every now and again to prevent it from becoming too wild and unruly, which will ruin the overall look of your cottage garden.
MAKE IT YOUR OWN
Although there are guides and tips on how to produce the perfect cottage style garden, do not be afraid to take your own approach and make your cottage garden completely your own! Plant the plants and flowers that are your favourites, supplying fragrances and colours that make you want to spend as much time as possible in your garden. The trick is to plant and design the garden to your own personal taste. It is that what truly makes the perfect cottage style garden.
We hope that this post has given insightful tips on how to transform your garden into a cottage style that will well and truly stand out.