Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Cottage Garden Inspiration Tour - Part 2

Welcome to day two of my Cottage Garden Series.
If you missed the first day you can see it HERE.
Oh how I love the wild, free look of a cottage garden.
It all looks so easy doesn't it?
Just throw out some seed and watch it grow.
We'll, it is not quite that easy.  Though we wish it were.
A beautiful cottage garden takes some trial and error.
As you can see in this first image, plant placement is key.
The gardener has followed a staggered plan with taller plant in the back and 
lower growing near the walk.  
Interest is key.  The copper tub is magnificent near the front of the planting.  It would be lost closer to the house, but here it is center stage.  This also makes for easier watering for the annuals.
The large stone border adds a sense of history to this area,
although I do not believe this to be a historical garden, it gives the effect of one.
There is no room for weeds, or so it would seem.
Close plantings are beautiful and assist in weed prevention. 
Another wonderful vista and use of contrast and color.
The burgundy foliage in the far area of the garden draws the eye.
The spikes of the yucca plant add interest and drama.
I would not consider this plant for a cottage garden, but I enjoyed it in this placement.

Everything goes, and this is a good thing for us plant collectors!


A pop of yellow is a welcome addition.
A brief area of grass has a gentle curve.
This is a lovely example of simplicity and charm.
Along the walkway is a bit more rugged and grown up.
These plant need to be tough and stand up to passerby's.
Simple shrubs like spirea are more than ready for the challenge.
I of course am in love with the iron fencing.  
The peonies must be stunning in the spring here.
A lot of the plant material is repeated in this garden, but I do not think it takes anything away.
It is charming in it's simple design.  It makes me think it has evolved over time.
I hope all our gardens will look somewhat like this in the years to come.

We're not done yet!
Come back tomorrow for the final day of this lovely garden.

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Wonderful to hear from you and taking the time to visit. Come back soon and let me know how I can visit you online as well. I love to meet new gardeners!

Here is the finalized list of all the stops on the Christmas in the Country Tour 2014 here at Creative Country Mom's.

Featured Home Tours - Panoply, Aiken House and Garden,


Featured Home Tours - A Delightsome Life, Shabby Art Boutique,


DAY THREE - DECEMBER 2ND

Featured Home Tours - Nancherrow and

Sweet Tea and Saving Grace


DAY FOUR - DECEMBER 3RD

Featured Home Tours - Meadow Lake Road, Designer's Sweet Spot,

Bohemian Juncktion and White Lace Cottage


DAY FIVE - DECEMBER 4TH

Featured Home Tours - Momcrieff and

Somewhat Quirky Designs


DAY SIX - DECEMBER 5TH

Featured Home Tours - Shabby FuFu, What Meegan Makes,

I Am A Homemaker and Major Huff Takes A Wife


DAY SEVEN - DECEMBER 8TH

Featured Home Tours - Lilacs and Longhorns,

Garden Matter and Southern Seazons


DAY EIGHT - DECEMBER 9TH

Featured Home Tours - Atta Girl Says, Our Southern Home

For What It's Worth and Designthusiasm


DAY NINE - DECEMBER 10TH

Featured Home Tours - Chatfield Court

and Holidays At The Harris Home


DAY TEN - DECEMBER 11TH
Featured Home Tours - Dwellings - The Heart of the Home,
DIY 180, Domicile 37 and Little Red Brick House

DAY ELEVEN - DECEMBER 12TH

Featured Home Tours - Dandelion Patina,

Real Inspired and Sweet Melanie


I wish to thank all of the bloggers that participated and all the ones whom shared their links at the party. I so enjoyed every day of the tour and all the wonderful homes all decorated for the holidays. Merry Christmas to everyone! xxx....Brooke