The humble cottage is the quintessential aspect of the great British countryside, often set in rolling green fields and sporting breath-taking views. It’s no wonder why so many people flock from the hustle and bustle of the city to the peaceful serenity of the quiet countryside.
However, often cottages need a good amount of maintenance, from interior décor to tending the garden. It’s the latter that will create the first impression your guests see when they look at the property, so arguably it’s the most important part.
Creating a great cottage garden isn’t like maintaining a suburban lawn. There is an old-fashioned grandeur that the traditional cottage garden boasts and it’s important that you use this aesthetic to your advantage.
The first, and most important point is, to not clutter the garden with anything and everything you can find in the garden centre. Select a few features and run with them.
If you want a garden that’s brimming with life, then you should use wildflowers. You can create a herbaceous border, consisting of biennial or perennials. You could also create a chalk bank where a range of delicate wildflowers can grow, which will not only look lovely, but the habitat is really easy to reproduce.
Really the flowers you think of when you think ‘traditional cottages’ are roses, so plant a range of wild roses for some amazing colour through all seasons.
Rockeries are great additions to any cottage garden and you can plant flowers that have adapted to these dry habitats.
If you really want to get the wildlife coming to your garden, a pond is an excellent addition and there are some amazing wild flowers that grow in ponds.
Finish off your garden with climbers, hanging baskets and patio tubs before stepping back to admire your beautiful garden. It may be hard work, but it’s well worth it in the end.