As I ponder my gardens, during these cold, indoor, winter days, I wonder...what really makes a 'cottage garden'?
Wikipedia says it's a garden that is English in origin. A garden that has an informal design, with mixture of ornamental and edible plants that have grace and charm.
What plants provide grace and charm? Do these always need to be blooming plants? Should they be Heirloom only or are others allowed to play?
Do you need to have a thatched roof on your 'cottage home' in order to qualify?
What are the feelings and colors associated with a cottage garden? Are certain textures and shapes more desirable than others?
Are cottage gardens passe?
Must you keep roses in order to have a 'cottage garden'?
And, in light of our changing climate conditions...are cottage gardens even a sensible choice for further sustainable gardening design? I'm thinking about water resources here.
I pose these questions as I consider future changes for my own garden. My mind turns with ideas, but I'm always questioning the practicality of some of them. What do you think about cottage gardens? I'd love to know.
Wishing All a Happy New Year!
P.S. I had to pull out some old photos because I am truly sick of looking at the winter dull of my current landscape. Yes, that is on my list to change up next year!