“Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food, and medicine to the soul.”
– Luther Burbank
I love the natural feel and look of country cottage gardens… the welcoming, calm and soothing way they draw you in. They captivate you and make you want to linger a little while longer. There are particular flowers and elements that evoke these emotions and simply belong to the cottage garden.
Here’s my Top 10 list of perennial flowers: Hollyhock, Delphinium, Foxglove, Bleeding Heart, Peony, Phlox, Lupine, Iris, Shrub, Tea and Climbing Roses and the climbing vines Clematis, Wisteria and Trumpet Vine.
Like flowers, there are certain architectural elements that speak cottage style. These would include, but are not limited to: arbors, picket fences with or without gates, pergolas, bird baths, and what I refer to as “garden junque.” This would include antique bikes, old chairs and cute containers like tin buckets that are used as planters.
These details are very important; they’re what give the country cottage garden character. Your gardens will come alive as you artfully combine the proper mix of flowers and elements.
A couple great resources for info on Cottage Style gardens are:
- Country Gardens Magazine at www.countrygardens.com. Beautiful ideas for creating cottage gardens.
- Landscape Design Advisors at www.landscapedesignadvisors.com . Lots of great articles on cottage gardens and many other styles.
…now I’m off to play in the dirt,