When looking at cottage garden pictures you can’t help but feel the sense that it’s a happy mess — very whimsical while evoking a bit of a free spirit. A cottage garden delivers a warmth and a feeling of familiarity.

Cottage garden landscape design, while no longer as popular as it once was, still compliments the more traditional home architecture rather than some of today’s more modern, contemporary designs.

Cottage Garden Pictures and Design Tips

Tips for Designing a Cottage Garden Style Landscape

While not everyone lives in an actual cottage, the home, as you will notice in the cottage garden pictures video, is the main focal point in this style of garden design. The very elements that make up the garden should have a relationship to the home and accent the home.

Both the home and the garden are intended to complement each other. This can be true for all landscape design styles but the cottage garden has characteristics that put it in a class all by itself.

From a Structural Standpoint

For example, the classic weathered wooden picket fence is featured in many cottage garden pictures. Historically, this likely came to be as a by-product of once roaming farm animals when transportation was by horse and horse-drawn carriage.

The picket fence is not intended as a boundary but more as feature reminiscent of this style. While not essential to the design, if added, it should be proportional to the intended space and in a style that complements the home.

In the absence of a fence, arbors, trellises and archways are great for defining doorways, seating areas and access point to add a vertical aspect to the design. This adds more interest.

The Walkway through a Cottage Garden

As with every other part of the cottage-style design, your walkways need to proportioned to the overall garden and size of your planting area.

Cottage Garden PicturesOne of the whimsical characteristics you’ll see in¬†cottage garden¬†pictures is that they are frequently small, intimate settings. As such, narrow meandering walkways or pathways, made from natural materials, add to the style. These materials should have the same characteristics and blend with your planting materials and can be anything from flagstone to brick or just a mulched path.

If your cottage garden is more expansive and needs a walkway to accommodate two people, space sufficient for a wheelbarrow or maintenance cart or even handicap access, then make proportional adjustments. How the size of your garden is perceived will be influenced by the size of your walk path.

Planting your Cottage Garden Beds

Generally the plant mix for this garden style is varied and mixed in more traditional (Grandmother’s favorites) type plants like annuals, perennials, flowering species with lots of petals and vibrant colors.

Wildflower mixes of note in cottage garden pictures contain species like:

  • Cornflower
  • Pot marigold
  • Baby’s-breath
  • Love-in-a-mist
  • Sage
  • Larkspur mix
  • Wallflower
  • Tricolor daisy
  • Black-eyed Susan

Not only are they great for an explosion of color but they are great for attracting attract hummingbirds, wild birds and butterflies to your yard.

Adding mulch will help keep maintenance low and will also help to retain moisture for healthy plant life. Because you will need to work in and around plantings for maintenance, it is recommended that planting beds are no deeper than 8 to 10 feet to stay manageable.

Top Rated in Print for Cottage Gardens

  1. Designing and Creating a Cottage Garden
  2. English Cottage Gardening: For American Gardeners, Revised Edition

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