Cottage Garden Design

The idea of a cottage garden design conjures up ideas of a garden filled with a mixture of bright flowers, herbs and vegetables with no formal structure and no colour coordination. However true cottage gardens can have strong elements of formality which are then softened with planting to create a relaxed and natural feel to the area.

A cottage garden design can in fact be quite formal consisting of straight paths accompanied with hedges of clipped box, or lavender. However it is the overflowing herbaceous borders cascading over hedges and paths which soften the hard lines and provides a sense of informality and lack of structure.