There is an overall trend in gardening this year (and the last few seasons actually) to simplify both overall landscape design and level of maintenance. We will be featuring a few blogs on this topic throughout the year, and we begin with a garden style that has remained popular for hundreds of years – The “Cottage” garden.
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Cottage gardens are less formal in design. Instead of structured, organized layouts they feature large clumps, or patches, of plants. These clumps are often repeated throughout the garden for repetition of color and texture. The plants are then allowed to spread and reseed throughout the garden, all mixing together over time. The plan with these type of gardens is to plant a few species and just “Let it Grow” knowing that the plants will move around naturally and the garden will always be changing. Each season brings different weather patterns and some varieties will do well and others will not. But it is always different, and that is the beauty.
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Some believe these types of gardens look like they have “bed head” meaning they are wild and uncontrolled. But that is the point! This is an experiment in gardening. You are celebrating the natural process of the plant species by allowing natural selection to change and advance your garden. If you want to try this type of garden you have to be committed to letting the garden move, and change… on it’s own. This will mean less maintenance than a garden that is very structured. When it come to maintaining these types of gardens – less is more!
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JUST LET IT GROW!