A cottage garden might not be a term you are familiar but I’m sure you’ve seen them on a regular basis. The proper definition is an informal garden design created with traditional materials, dense plantings, complete with a mixture of both ornamental and edible foliage.
- Most people just assume it takes years to get that aged mature look. That’s not always the case. Try adding vintage furniture and antiques, plant moss around scarred walkway stones or use weathered wood to build raised flower beds or an entrance trellis. These are all easy weekend projects that create the illusion of timelessness.
- If financially possible, add several mature shrubs, trees or an privacy hedge. Most nurseries provide this service or work with a landscaping firm that does. These older, fuller plantings gives your garden additional shade and permanence.
- Don’t be afraid to over plant your annuals. Doing this from the beginning gives your garden a look of fullness. Just remember to use caution if doing this with perennials since they need more room to grow and absorb nutrients.
Marvin Gardens has everything you need to get started planning your cottage garden today!