A Fine Romance: Cottage Gardens

Cottage or romantic gardens may appear to be a haphazard mix of plants and flowers, but every detail must be carefully planned.

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Accent Color on Garden Bench

Color can have more impact on the landscape than any other design element. A bench painted country blue fits in a cottage style garden.

Cottage Chaos

Cottage gardens may look chaotic but to achieve this look, plantings have to be carefully planned to keep the show going throughout summer.

Royal Turret

A graceful turret in the corner of garden wall supplies a shady spot to relax and take in the bountiful blooms in this English cottage garden.

Romantic Daisies

Romantic style uses informal drifts of plantings, with simple white daisies a popular choice for borders and pots. Wild flowers are occasionally mixed with cultivated varieties.

On the Moor's Edge

The garden of Sleighthomedale Lodge stands on the edge of England’s Yorkshire moors, and has been tended by the same family for three generations. The borders are overflowing with cottage garden favorites, such as poppies and foxgloves.

Rustic Effect

Rustic features like an old wooden fence is a staple in the cottage garden style. This rustic fence is a beautiful boundary for a border of roses and poppies.

Pond Elegance

Informal lawns, ponds and roses or wisteria climbing up house walls typify the Romantic style.

Romantic Cottage Garden

Snow-white roses adorn and drape over this rustic arch creating instant romance. Like an illustration from a fairy-tale wedding, this cottage garden creates a peaceful scene where the scent of the lavender can almost be smelled wafting in the air.

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