Planning to make a cottage garden is a perfect choice. It is the classic design that will add the soft vibe, especially to your garden landscape. When you have a garden with big on color and small on labor, why don’t?
When it comes to the formal garden, it tends to thrive on order and it is all about well-defined spaces. On the other hands, cottage gardens provide cheerful flowers that create a kaleidoscope of texture and colors. As it is explained by Darrell Trout, the avid gardener, lecturer, and writer, the style of a cottage garden are relaxed, fun, and colorful. Darrell Trout has his own garden that can reflect his passion to make a beautiful garden with easy to plant flowers and plants.
A cottage garden does not concern the rules. It is all about what you love to do so as Darrell Trout has explained. If you really want to make a beautiful cottage garden, here are the steps to complete your garden with a beautiful private corner that is rich in floral.
The Steps TO Make An Easy Cottage Garden
1. Creating a Cottage Garden From Scratch
Trout even explained that you do not have to create a beautiful garden with a lot of perfect flowers if you cannot maintain it. It is the same as creating a monster and you have no time to feed it routinely. Therefore, it is all about having a small cottage garden with fun things around that you can take care of the area routinely. Once your confidence grows, you can increase the space.
2. Good Soil
Good, organic, and rich soil are what you need as the perfect place for your plants to get less watering and fertilizing cuts from the beginning. Having good soil also means that you can even work less to make your garden. Trout also recommends that you should do the soil test so you can learn the type of the soil you have. You can add organic matter yearly or purchase the compost to make your own DIY organic soil.
3. Position Plants
It is important to note that creating a cottage garden can take much work especially if you choose the wrong plant in the wrong place. As you gain experience in gardening, it is good to push the envelope. You should go with the healthiest plants that grow with less care. And it also means that they should live in the ideal conditions.
4. The Sturdy Garden Plants
Choosing the high-performance garden plants are the key to make a beautiful cottage garden successfully. There is no right or wrong way when it comes to a cottage garden. The cottage garden is about choosing what you love. If you want to follow Trout’s way, his favorite plants are spring-flowering bulbs, wild indigo, purple coneflower, New England Aster, ‘Stella d’Oro’ or ‘Happy Returns’ daylily, Russian sage, and others.
Talking about the foliage interest, you can try English cottage garden plants such as lady’s mantle, blue fescue, and lamb’s ears. He also recommends you not to choose the high-maintenance roses. Trout suggests to only growing tough and disease-resistant shrub roses like Betty Prior or the Meidiland Landscape roses.
Mulching is the best way to cover the soil. You should add mulch to your cottage garden. It works to maintain the soil moisture levels and to prevent the weeds from growing. Eventually, Trout explained that the organic mulch such as leaf mold, compost, and bark grow by breaking down the soil so that they can even improve the soil. In addition, mulch provides the garden with a neater and the more unified look.
6. Automatic Watering
You want to work less for your cottage garden and therefore, we recommend you something that is worth for your money; the automatic watering. Dragging a hose around and you will get hands-free watering. It is great to have drip hoses that you can put the water exactly as you want in any spot without watering on the foliage or the flowers. It is also great to know that automatic watering supports less water to evaporate into the air.
More Tips About Cottage Garden
Boulders are what you should add and lay them out in the natural formations. It is great to dig one-third of the way into the soil and they will be a great anchor to complete the blooming flowers. Besides, a picket or a rustic fence will give a perfect backdrop to your cottage garden. It makes your garden has something appealing as the focal point, especially to avoid the visual chaos due to the mixed plantings.
Vintage Garden Accessories
The garden accessories are necessary as the focal point. Here, you can use accessories as a planter but you will need a stage for the plants. What you can add to your garden are old wagons, bins, fertilizer spreader, and baskets. These are a great addition to your cottage garden, especially if the garden is quite small. The small garden needs fewer accessories to avoid the junkyard look.
It is worth for you to be methodical when it comes to the types of plants to pick, whether you are going to add cottage garden plants for full sun or shade. If you choose Melampodium, it can bloom all summer with no coddling. Even though Love-in-a-mist or Nigella cannot match the length of bloom to the Melampodium, sit provides ornamental seedpods that can last into winter. Nigella is what you need if you want to add a plant that can reseed without becoming a pest and it makes you work less.
A Path Through the Garden
Adding a path through the garden means that you add the visual relief from the crowded plants. What to think when you are about making a garden pathway? Here, you should make the path is more welcoming without too much thing to maintain. You should consider the users of the garden pathway and the kind of shoes they would love to wear. By doing this, you can decide to make a garden pathway with a soft surface from gravel or wood chips or a firm surface like concrete. If the foot traffic is low, you can go with the grass path. But, it still needs regular mowing.