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Cottage Gardening - The Art of Chaos

By threegardeners
July 20, 2011

There is no secret to having a beautiful Cottage Garden. The main "rule" is to simply let the plants decide what they want to do. Here are some visual hints meant to inspire you.

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Name: Maridell
Sioux City IA (Zone 4b)
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Maridell
Jul 19, 2011 8:29 PM CST
Hi Lee Anne, such a nice job on this topic. I have to admit I do not have a cottage garden but your article makes me feel abit better about the chaos I have going on in some of my gardens. Thumbs up

Thank you!
Name: Sandi
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skellogg
Jul 19, 2011 10:23 PM CST
Hi Lee Anne! I love your gardens! Thanks for sharing with us! I would love for mine to look that good. Very pretty! Thumbs up
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leaflady
Jul 19, 2011 10:34 PM CST
My yarden looks a lot like that in about 15 patches. I never knew there was a name for it tho. Thanks for sharing the lovely pictures.
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nap
Jul 20, 2011 6:33 AM CST
Maybe yours is the very best cottage garden I have ever seen!!!!

Lee Anne, I am impressed, awestruck and jealous!

Beautiful!
Name: Lee Anne Stark
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threegardeners
Jul 20, 2011 6:34 AM CST
*Blush* *Blush*

I am happy you all enjoyed it!
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
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vic
Jul 20, 2011 9:10 AM CST
Oh Lee Ann - what a beautiful and gorgeous garden.

Thank you so much for sharing all the photos of it....

WOW!

vic
Name: Mary
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MaryE
Jul 20, 2011 9:57 AM CST
Your garden is truly an inspiration. I have many of the same plants but mine compete with a lot of weeds. It's pretty good tho, considering that I started with dried up pasture and a few really tough survivors.
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Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Jul 20, 2011 10:17 AM CST
Thanks for a good article with pictures and plant names.
I shall compare my own to yours, and get ideas for when I have nothing in bloom.
Thanks for taking the time to share your garden.
Name: Sandy Coffman
Jacksonville, Florida
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wren
Jul 20, 2011 11:43 AM CST
nice article, and a very beautiful garden
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jul 20, 2011 11:52 AM CST
Lee Anne: I adore that chaos of color and texture, an absolutely stunning cottage garden! Great job!
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Name: Becky
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beckygardener
Jul 20, 2011 11:53 AM CST
So beautiful! Thanks for sharing photos and inspiring me! I would love to have my yard all garden like yours appears to be! Just amazing!
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Name: Lucy
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irisarian
Jul 20, 2011 6:49 PM CST
If you put in enough plants they crowd out the weeds?
Name: Lee Anne Stark
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threegardeners
Jul 20, 2011 6:55 PM CST
I get a few weeds...not a lot though. I compost mid-summer. Early enough to bury any weed seeds, and not too late that it covers annual seeds.
I really believe that the more weeds you pull before they go to seed, the fewer weeds you get the following year until eventually weeds aren't even an issue...just the occasional one that blows in or the birds leave behind.
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WormslovUsharon
Jul 20, 2011 8:51 PM CST
Love your cottage garden. I have one in Las Vegas but have planted "planned shade".

Your hardy hibiscus is so controlled. Mine are giants. Do you start pinching back as soon as they break ground. I would love your input.

The photo is my Moy Grande. It is at least 6 feet tall. I am going to have to move everything in the bed because what is behind the hibiscus you cannot see, unless you are in the greenbelt.

I appreciate your knowledge. Sharon.
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Name: Lee Anne Stark
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threegardeners
Jul 20, 2011 8:54 PM CST
No, I don't dare pinch the hardy hibiscus back at all. They barely have time to bloom up here as it is.

Yours are amazing!!
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Sashagirl
Jul 21, 2011 6:31 AM CST
Beautiful article Lee Anne!

Thanks for the pictures. It gives me a few ideas about "pairings". Thumbs up
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Marcy
Jul 21, 2011 7:46 AM CST
Great article..and beautiful gardens! I too, have cottage gardens...and love them!
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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Jul 21, 2011 10:32 AM CST
Wonderful article Lee Anne. I love the riot of color. Lovey dubby
Name: Allison
NJ (Zone 6a)
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Onewish1
Jul 21, 2011 3:02 PM CST
so pretty!!!.. going to have to steal some ideas!!.. thanks!!!

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