Cottage Gardens: Rediscovered Country Love

Cottage Gardens: Rediscovered Country Love


The newly awakened lust for land makes cottage gardens so popular. A mystery of this garden type: natural-looking diversity in contrast to strict forms.

Farmers 'cunning nonchalance in the smallest of spaces

Farmers' gardens are typical vegetable gardens with a diverse array of herb, vegetable and flower beds with small fruit trees planted in the middle as if indiscriminately stand. The layout of a cottage garden is simple and geometrically clear. Usefulness and beauty create an enchanting harmony: From a natural stone paved roundabout with space for garden table and chairs, many small paths go down. Boxwood hedges or walls covered with vine plants and wooden fences separate the beds from the paths. Every centimeter of existing garden area is used. Flowers originally served only as a decorative accessory to cover free spots. Decorative elements, such as metal figures or discarded implements, seem to have fallen by chance.

ennobled and tamed: enchanting cottage gardens

The origins of the cottage garden can be found in the small cottage gardens of English farm workers. They have lovingly created tiny colorful gardens around their huts (cottages), using simple materials that are readily available at all times for the design: boulders, broken brick, wood. The garden-infatuated Brits ennobled the playful farm garden without further ado to the cottage garden. When the architect John Nash designed the style of the rustic country house around 1800, the now popular garden type was definitely one of them. Garden users do not need a country house, if they want to create a cottage garden. This is suitable for allotments, front gardens, transitions and even inner courtyards of townhouses. The gardener Michael Breckwoldt has listed all the important design rules in his practical guide "Cottage Gardens".

Perfectly imperfect at the highest level

It starts with the planning of the garden room. Natural materials are trumps: Dense hedges combined with natural stone, baked bricks and willow weave divide the garden and give structure to the terrain. Particularly charming are the brick walls known from English cottage gardens with small flora that has grown over the years: mosses, lichens, tiny climbing plants. Wicker Fences are currently in demand as Weg- and Beeteinfassungen, because they form a nice creative addition element. Organic materials, which are allowed to age with dignity and over the years form a charming patina, make the character of a cottage garden. The biggest mystery, however, is the apparent negligence. A cottage garden never looks perfect, but as if it had "grown" bit by bit over many years.

Ornamental Plants - The Stars in the Cottage Garden

Hedges are also suitable as fences next to high walls Ornamental woods such as yew, hornbeam or beech. Boxwood and English lavender have proven their worth for the inner bedding frames. In no case may the queen of ornamental plants be missing: Roses blend well with colorful flowers and herbs. The lush growth of the beds makes the geometric garden relaxed and informal. For a romantic overall picture climbing plants are suitable, which gradually overgrow walls and green walls. Fruit trees and berry bushes are an additional eye-catcher and are placed where they look best.



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