Is it too soon in the year to talk about gardening? Because I want to share the beauty of messy flowers that are the signature look of a cottage garden.
What is it about messy flowers that pulls at my heart string? My mother’s garden was always very tidy with perfect groupings of flowers with plenty of space in between each variety. Instead of mulch, she covered her garden beds with decorative stone.
And get this – I used to have to help pick out all the little leaves and twigs that would get wedged in between those stones! I do believe that’s why I now prefer a haphazard, natural garden over a perfectly coiffed landscape.
Don’t get me wrong. My mother’s yard was beautiful, but it required too much maintenance. She and my dad eventually moved into a townhouse because their yard became too much work. It always had to be perfect. Unlike my yard which is more natural and is always a work in progress. I don’t feel like it’s ever done. You can get away with a disheveled look when you have cottage style gardens.
When you think about, a cottage garden should always be the preferred style of gardening because that’s how God creates gardens. Look at the flowers along the side of a road or across a natural prairie. Nothing is groomed, yet it’s breathtaking. Seeds scatter and spread with the whims of the wind.
Having said that, there is still some planning that goes into a cottage garden. Like color selection and height of plants. An old-fashioned pink hollyhock is the perfect choice for adding height in a cottage garden. So beautiful! I love these blooms.
Foxgloves are an awesome choice, too!
Other elements of a cottage garden include arbors and trellises for rambling roses or climbing clematis. Structures are yet another way to add height and visual interest in your landscape.
Climbing flowers look amazing when they spill over onto a porch, especially one with white wicker furniture. I like to let my flowers go a little wild like this.
When you let your flowers grow a little wild, no one will notice when a few go missing for an indoor bouquet. My grandmother had a large cutting garden in her backyard with every kind of chrysanthemum imaginable. I loved picking those flowers as a kid for her indoor arrangements.
So what do you think? Do you like messy flowers in the garden, or are you more like my mother who preferred a tidier look to her landscape?
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