The cottage garden is a romantic outdoor space, brimming with colour and interest. The primary elements in cottage gardens are flowers and colour. Modern day design is all about clean lines, with a less is more approach to plants, furniture and furnishings. Cottage gardens are the complete opposite, the more plants the better. The planting is loose and informal, full of brightly-coloured and fragrant flowers all jostling for position and spilling over onto paths and lawns.
Despite the name, cottage gardens aren’t reserved for thatched cottages in the depths of the countryside. Create yours wherever you live and whatever size outdoor space you have. It’s all about style, not size or location, so even the most urban, or compact of spaces, can evoke some country garden spirit.