Guide to cottage gardening

Use our planting and design tips to create your own cottage garden with a Western twist

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Cotttage garden path
Photo by Mark Turner

Add finishing touches

Placing sculptural elements among plants or using them imaginatively as backdrops adds magic and romance to cottage gardens. Use them sparingly, to accentuate the plants rather than overwhelm them.

A curved path like this one will allow visitors to meander among plantings. Put an interesting focal point, like a bench, at the path’s end. These steps lead to a trellised rose.

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