"Cottage Gardens" - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by KDonovan
September 1, 1999
Can you suggest any books that would teach you how to landscape a "Cottage Style Garden" in a small area - 25x14 (my house sits on one length of the 25 foot side. The rest of the area is surrounded by a 4" high cement wall. I am in zone 6.


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Answer from NGA
September 1, 1999

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so you can use straight lines or curves for your path, either one, whichever is more practical for getting around the space. That is another consideration about a cottage garden: nearly everything had either a practical reason behind it (the fence kept animals out) or a sort of "make it do" improvisational bent. Most things such as furniture and paths and trellises were made of modest materials and their design was fairly simple.

If you are looking for some actual plans to get you thinking, you might take a look at "Rodale's Illustrated Encyclopedia of Perennials" by Ellen Phillips and C.Colston Burrell ISBN 0-87596-570-9 and at "Perennials for Dummies" by Marcia Tatroe ISBN 0-7645-5030-6. Both of these books offer excellent advise on planning a garden and include plans as well as details about individual plants.

Have fun with your project! so you can use straight lines or curves for your path, either one, whichever is more practical for getting around the space. That is another consideration about a cottage garden: nearly everything had either a practical reason behind it (the fence kept animals out) or a sort of "make it do" improvisational bent. Most things such as furniture and paths and trellises were made of modest materials and their design was fairly simple.

If you are looking for some actual plans to get you thinking, you might take a look at "Rodale's Illustrated Encyclopedia of Perennials" by Ellen Phillips and C.Colston Burrell ISBN 0-87596-570-9 and at "Perennials for Dummies" by Marcia Tatroe ISBN 0-7645-5030-6. Both of these books offer excellent advise on planning a garden and include plans as well as details about individual plants.

Have fun with your project!

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