This special issue of Garden Answers is packed with ideas for gardeners who love the cottage garden look – relaxed, colourful and full of flowers.
CELEBRATE COTTAGE STYLE
Get the laidback look with frothy flowers and salvage finds. Choose from sophisticated urban to classic country or pared back coastal cottage styles. We bring you the plants to create each look, plant combinations to emphasise the mix of flower shapes and tips on how to get a natural look when planting.
GET CREATIVE WITH SALVAGE
Scour flea markets and salvage yards for planters, quirky ornaments and stylish climbing frames. We show what’s available, how to use it and what to pay.
BRING ON THE SUNSHINE
Plant a rustic wicker hanging basket with sizzling hot flowers such as honey-coloured gerberas, yellow sanvitalia and orange calibrachoa. Team them with a bronze carex for a display that will shine whatever the weather.
DESIGN THE PERFECT COTTAGE BORDER
Mix and match flower shapes to create a feeling of plenty in your borders, adding texture and visual interest. We detail the effects to go for – frothy frills, punctuation points, contrasts of uprights and horizontals using dazzling daisies, poppies and sweet peas plus lofty lupins.
RING THE CHANGES WITH CAMPANULAS
These pretty bell shaped flowers are loved by bees and come in summery shades of blue, pink and purest white. Val Bourne casts her expert eye over what’s available and picks her favourites for hardiness, sunshine, shade and groundcover.
COLOUR FOR THE PATIO
Tender annual bedding plants can be a useful source of colour for the summer patio. We’ve picked some tasteful combinations you might like – in blue, purple and white… nothing gaudy we promise!
CREATE A SPA FOR BIRDS & BEES
Treat garden wildlife to an easy water feature – a birdbath in a Belfast sink, a shallow pebble ‘scrape’ or dustbin lid will give them somewhere to bathe and drink. They’re quick, easy and won’t break your back to build.
NEW GOURMET VEG
There’s a host of bold new flavours to grow at home these days – plants such as perilla, celtuce and agretti can really fire up your tastebuds. We bring you a whole smorgasbord of leafy lovelies that will perk up your summer dishes – Plus how to sow pak choi and protect your veg from pests.
This month’s gardens all have a cottage feel – using coloruful favourites such as aquilegias, lupins and lilies. There’s plenty of inspiration to create beautiful planting combinations at home.
GIVE A MODERN PLOT some RUSTIC CHARM
Garden designer Tim Newbury joins us this month to show us a design for a family garden packed with colour and rustic charm.