Rural summer freshness for any garden
With a few tricks you can breathe some country cottage flair into any domestic garden. The first step is to clearly partition the beds. After all, what looks a little wild at first glance is usually a well thought-out and planned design. The lush planting of lady's mantle, crane's bill, lupins, delphiniums and daisies will provide plenty of scope for development within the confines of your beds. Whereas the focal point of cottage gardens used to be useful plants such as tomatoes, courgettes, cabbage and lettuce, these edible treats are now joined by plants which are easy-on-the-eye, such as marigolds, nasturtiums and sweet peas.
The lovingly created mix of shapes, colours, and heights is what makes a cottage garden so attractive. Nature is also reflected in the informal type of materials chosen for pathways which wend their way between the flower and vegetable beds - stone, gravel, or mulch.