Nothing is more romantic than a traditional cottage garden. Dripping with flowers and heady with scent, these gardens are based on an idyllic view of countryside life and with a cottage garden you can bring a breath of the country to any space.
Pick plants that are doers: robust and tough. In a cottage garden there’s lots of competition for space so you need the plants you put in to hold their own. Expect there to be down times in the garden. This sort of garden is going to look amazing in summer but will have a quiet season in winter. Plant winter and spring bulbs to help give colour through that down time. Don’t forget scents.
The full onslaught on your senses wouldn’t be complete without the smells of the cottage garden, try honeysuckles, roses and lavenders. Throw formality out of the window. Try to avoid straight lines either for paths or planted beds. A winding path making its way through the planting is what you’re after. Get the right plant in the right place. Take care to suit the planting to the soil, the light levels and how much water there is. The plants will be happier, and so, you’ll be happier.