Cottage Gardening forum: Cottage Gardens for the South

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gardeningdiva
Jan 4, 2015 5:29 PM CST
I am a vegetable gardener, and finally have all of our raised beds in. I am in love with cottage gardens, but most of the books and articles I find are all for northern gardens. Does anyone know of a book or links that have layout designs for southern areas? I have to have a plan to begin because I will probably flounder without one. I want to have flowers all around my raised beds area and in the front and side of my house.

Thanks for any help!
Dee
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Jan 5, 2015 8:06 AM CST
I think layout info can be translated easily to suite a southern garden, it's just a matter of switching out the plant materials for those that thrive in your area. For example, so many traditional Cottage gardens include Delphiniums and Lupines, neither of which will perform well here with summer heat and humidity. So instead I use Larkspur, Baptisia, Eremurus, and a few Hollyhocks to provide strong vertical lines. Where a northern garden may include Oriental Lilies, a southern garden may use Crinum instead.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Terese
Central Florida, zone9b (Zone 9b)
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
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tcs1366
Jan 19, 2015 9:46 AM CST
I'm going to give it a stab this year... will have to put a lot of my favorites in with the tropicals and hope for the best.
Terese --Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi

Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Jan 19, 2015 1:47 PM CST
Therese, are you living part time in both places?
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Terese
Central Florida, zone9b (Zone 9b)
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
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tcs1366
Jan 19, 2015 4:07 PM CST
Yes, I will be a snow bird between FL and WI.
though I still have to sell my IL home -- which is where my cottage-y garden was.... not much of it left as the state is working on a tollway project and I had to dig up a lot and don't have access to the rest. -- but it is their property.....
Terese --Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi

Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Bulbs Cottage Gardener Roses Irises
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gemini_sage
Jan 19, 2015 4:29 PM CST
Sounds like you're making the best of it, how nice to escape northern winter Hurray!
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Terese
Central Florida, zone9b (Zone 9b)
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Butterflies Cat Lover Bee Lover
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tcs1366
Jan 19, 2015 5:39 PM CST
yes, that is one major reason we are down here. DH just could not handle the winters anymore -- that and taxes.
Terese --Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi

Name: Veronica
zone 5b
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indygardengal
Jan 23, 2015 5:31 AM CST
Hi Terese. Congrats on being a snowbird.
My attitude determines my altitude
A truly wise person uses few words; a person of understanding is even- tempered. Proverbs 17:27
Name: Terese
Central Florida, zone9b (Zone 9b)
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Butterflies Cat Lover Bee Lover
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tcs1366
Jan 24, 2015 9:43 AM CST
Hey Veronica... I was just thinking of you the other day.
Hope all is well up north.
Terese --Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi

Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Jan 24, 2015 1:32 PM CST
Snow should help now about 3" overnight.
Name: Veronica
zone 5b
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Art Cut Flowers Butterflies Bulbs
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indygardengal
Jan 25, 2015 5:11 AM CST
Hi Terese. Congrats on being a snowbird.
My attitude determines my altitude
A truly wise person uses few words; a person of understanding is even- tempered. Proverbs 17:27
Name: Terese
Central Florida, zone9b (Zone 9b)
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Butterflies Cat Lover Bee Lover
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tcs1366
Jan 27, 2015 9:02 PM CST
Well -- i bought one of those flat that holds 36 cells or those compressed coir that expand when wet...

I did mostly Agastaches and Salvias, 4) 4-O'clocks and Lobelia Cardinal flower

I had 1 cell where I had a single Red Salvia, as I only got 1 seed before the plant was crushed by a fallen tree... and accidentally added Yellow Agastache seeds in the same cell. I plan on taping the lid down [we are really windy here] and stick it out in the shade, and hope for the best.

I still have to do my "winter sowing" where I will use the usual variety of containers, just getting the time to get it done.
Plus get my herbs going.....
Terese --Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi

Name: Veronica
zone 5b
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Art Cut Flowers Butterflies Bulbs
Region: Indiana Irises Hummingbirder Clematis Enjoys or suffers cold winters Dog Lover
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indygardengal
Feb 17, 2015 3:48 PM CST
Kind of funny I found I had posted the same message 2 times.. Help we are really just now getting our winter weather...anxious for spring...
My attitude determines my altitude
A truly wise person uses few words; a person of understanding is even- tempered. Proverbs 17:27
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Bulbs Cottage Gardener Roses Irises
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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gemini_sage
Feb 17, 2015 3:59 PM CST
Veronica, has cabin fever got ya? I'm about there myself. More snow than I've seen in years, and to think I'd just been thinking I can sow peas any time now, LOL. With all the cold temps on the way, as well as more snow, I just hope to see the ground again before April!
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi

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