English cottage gardens are an informal style garden that looks best leading to your doorway, or along each side of your walkway. This type of garden will add beauty and charm to the front of your home, or framing any pathway surrounding your home. Decide where your English cottage garden will be planted, then choose your flowers and color combinations for your garden.
The best way to plant an English cottage garden is to have tall plants in the back, and small plants in the front. Buy plants in odd numbers starting with three, and also plant in threes with the same plant and color. Fertilize your English cottage garden a few times throughout the growing season using an all-purpose plant food such as Miracle Grow.
Choose perennials and annuals for your English country garden. While you are waiting for your perennial plants to come up, plant annuals such as zinnias, marigolds, petunias, caladium, and pansies. This will help fill in your garden until your perennials bloom. Start growing your annuals insides to get a head start on your English cottage garden. If you choose to use roses in your garden, choose a rose that needs little maintenance. Knock Out roses are a great choice for a hardy rose. Plant shrubs, delphiniums, and larkspur for your back row of taller plants. You can also plant herbs mixed throughout your flowers. Mint is a popular choice for this type of garden.
Choose colors that are pleasing to you for your English cottage garden. You can choose a rainbow of colors, or choose shades of pinks, blues, and purples. Choose colors that will compliment the color of your home. Make sure to evenly space your colors throughout your English cottage garden to make a more stunning, professional look.
Add a birdbath to the center of your English cottage garden. This will add a lovely focal point to your garden. You could also add a miniature wooden well as a centerpiece to your garden. A fairy or angel statue placed in the center of your English country garden would add romance and a country touch to your garden.
English cottage gardens also look lovely on each side of a long driveway. If you have a long, winding driveway plant an English Country garden to each side of your driveway. This is a wonderful way to greet guest and add beauty to the back of your home. If you have a garage, continue your English country garden theme to each side of the garage.
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