The cottage garden is one of the most popular of all styles of garden. The current versions are particularly suited to plots well modest, and depend on the selection of plants and the careful selection of appropriate and authentic materials of his curiously old appearance.
Originally, the gardens crisp were mostly functional and practical, with fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers and bushes crammed into a very small area. Cottage gardening tends to be labor, having a good management rather than modern chemical sprays, the same garden can also be seen unattractive lugubrious and gave birth in the winter, since a large proportion of the plants are annuals or herbaceous.
However, when in flower, the cottage garden can be very pleasant to the eye, and a perfect remedy for the environment friendly man and style has devotees in the country and urban areas around the world.
The principles of the Garden Cottage style
The seeds of the modern cottage garden movement were sown at the end of the 19th century English nostalgia. Influential writer’s garden of the time praised the virtues of the gardens without pretensions that were cultivated by the cottage owners, as a reaction to the artificiality of the large country gardens house. They wanted to return to what he considers that the small natives of gardening.
The garden of the cabin was very abundant and full of resistant flowers and bulbs, shrubs, fruit trees, herbs and vegetables. While (some trimmed into shapes) are important, they were not shrubs.
The plantation was lush soil is kept in good condition by the quantities of manure. A wide variety of plants, often scented, were cultivated, as ancient waving about sprouts, Madonna lilies Roses next to marigolds or hollyhocks in flames (rose) and sunflower that frame the door. However, was paid little attention to the harmonization of the color or geometry.
Lawns are rare, since it was thought that any free terrain best used it for more plant growth. The garden is typically divided by paths tread edge of stones, tiles, shells, or flower beds as thoughts.
Recreating the style today
While it is possible to recreate a traditional garden with success, characteristic plants do not usually provide much interest in the autumn and winter, and maintenance requirements are high. However, many of the cottage garden principles are valuable ideas for modern gardens, and it can be taken or modified to adapt to each site, while certain typical features and plants are often used today to create a rural and relaxing effect in a scheme.
The design of the gardens crisp can be surprisingly formal beds arranged symmetrically to produce flowers and straight roads edged with hedges of lavender or box. However, it is the careless abundance of planting, falling on roads and hedges and softens the hard edges, giving your gardens crisp characteristic aspect of informality. This is the controlled informality factor that gives the true spirit of the style of the cottage garden.
The correct selection of the plants is the key to success with a cottage garden. The beds should be planted with good examples of ancient flowers (perennial particularly resistant), and some shrubs to give it a structure. A wide variety of herbs, fruits and vegetables should be grown both between (to produce what is known as “integrated” gardening) or next to the flowers. Aromatic plants are a good choice, especially in particularly those that attract bees. Favorites of one or two can be used repeatedly as “key” plants to produce a consistent effect.
Roads made with bricks, stones or gravel are practical, as well as in the style of setting, while a Lavender outdoor edge offers fragrant flowers for drying, as well as attractive evergreen foliage. A rustic Archway, wood is an excellent feature to support fragrant climbing plants like Honeysuckle or roses, and the edges of lupines, peonies, and pink and wall flowers recreate the feeling of wealth without limits.