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A cottage garden stands in stark contrast to a formal, manicured garden. Typically small and intimate, a cottage garden strikes a balance between having a casual, informal look without looking messy. Carefully crafted, your cottage garden can be a place of beauty where flowers beckon birds and butterflies as you enjoy your handiwork from a favorite sitting area.
Diversity is the order of the day in a cottage garden. Different types of plants, with varying sizes, textures and colors, offer an eclectic look that somehow pulls everything together harmoniously. A cottage garden packs a lot of punch in a small space — this is one example of being able to place plants closer than the recommended spacing!
Structures and enclosures truly set a cottage garden apart from a conventionally landscaped garden…providing the finishing touches for a true cottage-garden look and feel.
These structures need not be freshly painted and brand-new; often, the most appealing cottage-garden structures are those that are well-worn and weather-beaten. Use these structures as backdrops for plants, or as supports to tie or train certain vines for upright growth.
Place plants on the inside and the outside of your cottage-garden fence, with shorter plants on the outside so they do not block the view of the fence. Gates can mark the transition between your cottage garden and other areas of your yard, or they can be positioned at the street side of your garden to welcome visitors inside.