I thought I would start the design series this year with a cottage garden. These are not fancy, some see them as almost wild, but they do have a plan. I will give several plans over a couple of days so check back for several cottage garden ideas.
|SW Indiana Master Gardeners cottage garden|
Here are a couple of shots of a sample cottage garden taken at the Home and Garden Show in Chicago back in 2012.
The cottage garden is a distinct style of garden that uses an informal design, traditional materials, dense plantings, and a mixture of ornamental and edible plants.
|Thyme between stones in the Rotary Garden In Wisconsin|
In the next week we will post a couple cottage garden plans.
The bonus for reading to the end of the blog is this link to Landreth Seeds. One of the oldest seed companies in the U.S. they were instrumental in introducing many varieties of plants to American growers. Most notably Nasturtiums.
Nasturtiums had become essential to the English Cottage Garden and therefore to the American garden. Both the trailing and the low growing varieties were known, but it was the trailing variety that was the most popular. In the late 1890’s, the Landreths introduced a product designed to appeal to their female customers. They called the product ‘Landreths’ Bon-Bon Boxes’. The ‘Bon-Bon’ boxes were decorated with stunning lithographic illustrations and filled with either 25 packets of Sweet Peas, 25 packets of assorted flower seeds or 14 packets of named variety Nasturtiums. You can still get a nice variety of Nasturtiums from Landreth Seeds