How to Create Cottage Garden Rooms
Typical cottage garden rooms have a natural looking composition, giving the space a relaxed, informal atmosphere.
Lush, heavily planted borders with areas for kitchen utilage are tended between pathways of closely mown grass or hard landscaping. Creating a cottage-style garden room area is easy with this simple guide.
Plan it out. Make a bird’s eye view of your garden, showing the aspect of the house near by and orientate it by direction. This helps with your planting scheme as some plants love full sun but others thrive in shade. Include an outline of any existing features you want to keep like paths or borders. Now make a few copies – you may change your mind or end up incorporating several different plans in your final garden room.
A part shade, part sun area for vegetables and herbs near the house serves the kitchen well but can also be planned into pots and baskets if space is limited. Alternatively, companion planting in amongst your flower borders can work very well indeed. Fruit plants and trees tend to prefer full sun, as do the woody Mediterranean herbs like rosemary, thyme, sage, etc.
List your favourites.
What plants must you absolutely have? Include them in your plan as a list then consider their preferred positions. Indigenous plants common to the cottage garden are easy to place – just look at their habitats in nature. Ferns and foxgloves will wither in full sun, they want at least part shade and a shield from the full glare. For placement advice, keep your tallest specimens to the centre or the back of your planted areas.
Filling in the gaps.
Planting up a new design need not be a huge expense. Slips and cuttings, bulbs and seeds from neighbours, family and friends will help fill the gaps. Think seasonally too, what is there of interest in every area, throughout the year?
A well prepared, compost rich soil is an excellent start and will save time feeding throughout the growing season. It’s well worth the effort before any plants go in. Weeds can be kept under control by layering the surface of the soil with bark chippings although once planted up you will find that your plants will establish themselves and weeds will only pop up in blank spots where they are easy to find and easy to take out.
Garden rooms in cottage style are beguiling, romantic and bohemian; they draw us in and enchant with blasts of colour, variety of form and all-season use.
Through careful forethought, planning and soil preparation you can construct an awesome garden room space, a true extension to your home’s internal living area, and add considerable value to your home at the same time.