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Hi there it's, Alexandra from the Middle-sized Garden, YouTube channel and blog, and I'm talking about cottage garden style and whether there are any tricks or tips that you need to know. In order to make your cottage garden look.

Fabulous. Cottage garden style means a colorful mix of flowers, packed in together with herbs and edibles. It's, relaxed and pretty, and I think it's. Having a bit of a moment at the moment, and the reason for that is that, although we gardeners don & # 39, t really follow fashion.

As such, we can't help being inspired by the great shows, and this year there haven't been any great shows to be inspired by.. On top of that, it's been quite difficult to get plants. We haven't been able to get exactly the plants we want always and we & # 39.

Ve had to make compromises. So I've. Had friends saying things like & # 39, I'd, never usually buy red pelargoniums, but they were the only ones. I could get. & # 39, So we're having to put up with a bit less control and a bit more of a mix.

And thirdly, we're, all much more local. We're, going down the same streets day after day and while a nicely designed path, a nicely clipped hedge or a beautiful gate, is a pleasure to see what really gives us joy is when we suddenly see that flower pop up that marigold or That bee buzzing around the flower or bulb we haven't seen before, and that's really, given everyone so much joy.

So I think we're. All thinking & # 39. Just let's, get more flowers into our lives. & # 39. So what are the rules of cottage garden style? Well, the great thing is that aren't any.. However, up to a point, I think it's.

Quite a good idea, if you make your own rules., For example, Julie Quinn, writes the London Cottage Garden blog and she champions the cottage garden style in small urban spaces.. For her cottage gardening is about making it easy.

. She grows plants which are easy and robust and common.. She says that she doesn't want to have to do any growing from seed any pricking out any planting out and no staking no propagating. She doesn't, do pest control.

She doesn't, have topiary and doesn't have a lawn. She just have lots of easy common, robust greenery packed in tightly.. The other thing she does is that she excludes certain colors, for example no black flowers or black foliage, and she also finds white very difficult place as well.

And at the opposite. End of the spectrum is Sue Oriel, who, with her partner Stephanie, runs Country Lane Flowers and she grows her flowers for sale in her garden. But there's, a part of her garden that she's, just hedged off just for her and that's, the cottage garden and it's, a riot of color and it's got Loads of plants like roses and cat mint and delphiniums and phlox and fruit trees.

It's. Absolutely beautiful. Sue says you can put anything you like in a cottage garden and then she adds & # 39, but I never put yellow or orange in there'And of course, having a few of those I don't.

Grow rules makes it an awful lot easier to know what you do grow. I think it can help when you're, establishing your own cottage garden style to know where cottage garden style came from, and the theory is that he had originated with farmworkers, who grew food to eat and herbs around in their little plots.

It's likely that really, however, that cottage garden style actually started when people had a bit more time, a bit more space and a bit more money to grow flowers and to grow flowers for something they really wanted to enjoy there'S a theory that plants would have been divided from the big house gardens and then they would have been passed on to locals and that people would have got perhaps the extra seedlings, and I think that probably is very true, and it really contributes to this idea That you need to get plants that are easy to divide, easy to propagate easy to seed and that grow well in your area.

In the Victorian times the grand gardens were very, very formal. They had very strict color schemes in the bedding they had topiary. They had huge vistas, they had exotic plants brought in from all over the world and William Robinson and subsequently, Gertrude Jekyll very much kicked against this style and started to introduce the idea of naturalness and wildness and growing plants that actually stayed in the ground all year Round because, instead of quaking the bedding out and then putting in new bedding, you actually grew plants in your garden and of course this is a much easier garden style for people to copy, because the very formal bedding schemes really don't work in Smaller spaces, William Robinson's.

Own garden, which was very influential in this movement, is still available to see today it's, grave time, manor hotel and it's been beautifully updated by Head Gardener Tom coward, and there's. A video about that in the description below, along with links to the designers and companies and bloggers that I'm mentioning in this video.

So what are the key elements you must have in the cottage garden? Well, number! One is a fruit tree. If you go back to the cottage garden roots cottages would have grown fruit tree for their fruit, but equally it gives you blossom to enjoy in the springtime it starts their pollinators off early and what's more important is that you always need some Vertical presence in a small space and cottage garden style is small space gardening fruit trees also give you some more vertical space to grow up, and indeed, fences and hedges will do that as well.

Sue Oriole has two climbers. Both roses going up through her fruit, trees and Julie. Quinn says that she once again chooses the easiest climbers which, for her is sunny suckle there's, a video on climbing plants, which you can see in the description below showing you what you need to take into account.

If you're going to great rhyming plants in your garden and another very big cottage garden style element is no lawn. If you & # 39, ve got a large ish cottage garden, but they are mostly small spaces.

You probably would have a bit of lawn, but otherwise you would have paths and a terrace and somewhere to sit, and maybe a practical working area, but on the whole, a cottage garden is about growing as many plants as possible.

So what are the best cottage garden plants? You'll, often see lists top 10 cottage garden plants. But as I said, if it's local to you, if it's easy to grow, if you love it, it's a cottage garden plant.

But there are some classics, and these include foxgloves hollyhocks cap, mint, delphiniums, phlox, lupins, cosmos sue is also on a self-declared mission to get garden Pink's back into the garden because she says they're, so easy to care for, and They have such glorious colors.

Anything that sells seeds easily is definitely a cottage garden plant, so that could be a richer on Nigella, fennel poppies, forget-me-nots Nicholas coronary or rose Campion, and, of course, all the semi wild flowers might be.

A weed such as wild carrots and poppies are definitely cottage garden. Flowers here at Hampton Court Palace Garden, festival, garden, designer Pollyanna Wilkinson has designed something called the matrix, aft garden and all the garden plants in it are edible or can be used for a purpose.

And there's. Lots of wild carrot in here, but they can be used for a purpose like dying or medicines or something like that and that's. What makes this garden very cottage garden, and also at Hampton Court, is another garden called the therapeutic garden by garden designer Tony Wagstaff, and that's very cottage garden, because it's actually filled with medicinal plants such as geraniums and eucalyptus, And plants that we've, actually forgotten about as having a use or a reason.

So you'd. Also in a cottage garden need a wide range of flowers all year you would start with the primulas and the bulbs in spring. Then there's, the midsummer madness, which is always gorgeous, and after that you might have salvaged dahlias perennials, like persik area, really anything that you love and grows well in your garden and of course there are all the herbs.

They are a key part of a cottage garden, fennel and jelica saved chives, rosemary lavender and any herbs that are local to you. You can also treat cottage garden style. Gardening as a way of learning about gardening.

Friends will give you a plant and you'll put it in and maybe it'll survive. Maybe it won't, but don't feel too bad about it, because not all plants enjoy being in a cottage garden. They have to be pretty was robust and resilient, and Saguaro has discovered that she can often find plants that grow well in the cottage garden that she then does go on to grow for country lane, flowers for selling, for example.

She discovered that if she grows corn flowers from seed and transplants, the seedlings from the greenhouse into the borders, they do go very floppy, but if she direct sews them into the borders, the corn flowers grow up much straighter.

So she's. Taking that lesson into the country named flowers beds and growing corn, flowers for picking so what about furniture and garden ornaments for cottage garden, style well, obviously recycled and upcycle is a big thing and the nature craft garden at Hampton Court.

It's very much an example of this, and also here's. Another show garden at BBC gardeners world live designed by Peter Cowell and that uses entirely upcycle materials for its hard landscaping, while having a very much cottage garden palette.

So it's, a kind of contemporary version of the cottage garden using things like scaffolding, boards and pallet wood and recycled bricks, and also the fire which is a recycled and carved up gas canister.

The other cottage garden trend for furniture and ornaments is to be handmade here at the Abbey physik garden in Faversham. They have lenss shed movement and they make quite a lot of things for the garden.

So you & # 39. Ll get homemade benches like this, and also it can be a question of just adding a link of paint to something you've got already or something that you've bought quite cheaply in the chain store here at Hampton Court Palace.

They've painted old children's, bicycles to go with the flowers and while I wouldn't quite go that far. I do think you can use colour in a cottage garden to achieve a great deal. For example, Julie Quinn uses a terracotta bright, terracotta, parasol and Mediterranean blue pots, and it gives so much color to the garden to be able to use furniture and pots in that way.

If you're interested in more design tips for garden as a garden design playlist at the end of this video and I'm - also doing a video on English country garden styles. So if you want more tips, ideas and inspiration for your gardens then do subscribe to the middle size garden YouTube channel.

Thank you for watching goodbye hi there. It's, Alexandra from the middle-sized Garden, youtube channel and blog, and I'm. Talking about cottage garden style and whether there are any tricks or tips that you need to know in order to make your cottage garden even more fabulous than it is already cottage garden.

Style means a colorful mix of flowers, packed in together with herbs and edibles. It's, relaxed and pretty, and I think it's having a bit of a moment at the moment, and the reason for that is that, although we gardeners don & # 39, t really follow fashion.

As such, we can't help being inspired by the great shows, and this year there haven't been any great shows to be inspired by. On top of that, it's been quite difficult to get plants. We haven't been able to get exactly the plants we want always and we & # 39.

Ve had to make compromises. So I've. Had friends saying things like I'd, never usually buy red pelagonians, but it was the only ones I could get. So we're having to put up with actually a bit less control and a bit more than mix.

And thirdly, we're, all much more local. We're, going down the same streets day after day and while a nicely designed path will nicely clipped hedge or a beautiful gate is a pleasure to see what really gives us joy is when we suddenly see that flower pop up that marigold or That bee buzzing around the flower and currentl bulb we haven't seen before and that's really given.

I think everyone so much joy, but I think we're all thinking about just let's. Get more flowers into our lives. So what are the rules of cottage garden style? Well, the great thing is that aren't any.

However, up to a point, I think it's, quite a good idea. If you make your own rules, for example, Julie Quinn, writes the London cottage garden blog and she champions the cottage garden style in small urban spaces.

For her cottage gardening is about making it easy. She grows plants which are easy and robust and common. She says that she doesn't want to have to do any growing from seed any pricking out any planting out and he's staking any propagating she doesn't.

Do pest control. She doesn't. Do tokyo mew she doesn't have a lawn. She just have lots of easy common, robust flowers packed in tightly the other thing she does is that she exclude certain colors, for example no black flowers or black foliage, and she also finds white very difficult place as well, but at the opposite end of the spectrum.

His su Oriole, who, with her partner Stephanie, runs country lane flowers and she grows her flowers for sale in her garden. But there's, a part of her garden that she's, just hedged off just for her and that's, the cottage garden and it's, a riot of color and it's got Loads of plants like roses and cat mint and delphiniums and phlox and fruit trees.

It's. Absolutely beautiful sue says you can put anything you like in a cottage garden and then she adds, but I never put yellow or orange in there and of course, having a few of those I don't. Grow rules makes it an awful lot easier to know what you do grow.

I think it can help when you're, establishing your own cottage garden style to know where cottage garden style came from, and the theory is that he had originated with farmworkers, who grew food to eat and herbs around in their little plots.

It's likely that really, however, that cottage garden style actually started when people had a bit more time, a bit more space and a bit more money to grow flowers and to grow flowers for something they really wanted to enjoy there'S a theory that plants would have been divided from the big house gardens and then they would have been passed on to locals and that people would have got perhaps the extra seedlings, and I think that probably is very true, and it really contributes to this idea That you need to get plants that are easy to divide, easy to propagate easy to seed and that grow well in your area.

In the Victorian times the grand gardens were very, very formal. They had very strict color schemes in the bedding they had topiary. They had huge vistas, they had exotic plants brought in from all over the world and William Robinson and subsequently, Gertrude Jekyll very much kicked against this style and started to introduce the idea of naturalness and wildness and growing plants that actually stayed in the ground all year Round because, instead of quaking the bedding out and then putting in new bedding, you actually grew plants in your garden and of course this is a much easier garden style for people to copy, because the very formal bedding schemes really don't work in Smaller spaces, William Robinson's.

Own garden, which was very influential in this movement, is still available to see today it's, grave time, manor hotel and it's been beautifully updated by Head Gardener Tom coward, and there's. A video about that in the description below, along with links to the designers and companies and bloggers that I'm mentioning in this video.

So what are the key elements you must have in the cottage garden? Well, number! One is a fruit tree. If you go back to the cottage garden roots cottages would have grown fruit tree for their fruit, but equally it gives you blossom to enjoy in the springtime it starts their pollinators off early and what's more important is that you always need some Vertical presence in a small space and cottage garden style is small space gardening fruit trees also give you some more vertical space to grow up, and indeed, fences and hedges will do that as well.

Sue Oriole has two climbers. Both roses going up through her fruit, trees and Julie. Quinn says that she once again chooses the easiest climbers which, for her is sunny suckle there's, a video on climbing plants, which you can see in the description below showing you what you need to take into account.

If you're going to great rhyming plants in your garden and another very big cottage garden style element is no lawn. If you & # 39, ve got a large ish cottage garden, but they are mostly small spaces.

You probably would have a bit of lawn, but otherwise you would have paths and a terrace and somewhere to sit, and maybe a practical working area, but on the whole, a cottage garden is about growing as many plants as possible.

So what are the best cottage garden plants? You'll, often see lists top 10 cottage garden plants. But as I said, if it's local to you, if it's easy to grow, if you love it, it's a cottage garden plant.

But there are some classics, and these include foxgloves hollyhocks cap, mint, delphiniums, phlox, lupins, cosmos sue is also on a self-declared mission to get garden Pink's back into the garden because she says they're, so easy to care for, and They have such glorious colors.

Anything that sells seeds easily is definitely a cottage garden plant, so that could be a richer on Nigella, fennel poppies, forget-me-nots Nicholas coronary or rose Campion, and, of course, all the semi wild flowers might be.

A weed such as wild carrots and poppies are definitely cottage garden. Flowers here at Hampton Court Palace Garden, festival, garden, designer Pollyanna Wilkinson has designed something called the matrix, aft garden and all the garden plants in it are edible or can be used for a purpose.

And there's. Lots of wild carrot in here, but they can be used for a purpose like dying or medicines or something like that and that's. What makes this garden very cottage garden, and also at Hampton Court, is another garden called the therapeutic garden by garden designer Tony Wagstaff, and that's very cottage garden, because it's actually filled with medicinal plants such as geraniums and eucalyptus, And plants that we've, actually forgotten about as having a use or a reason.

So you'd. Also in a cottage garden need a wide range of flowers all year you would start with the primulas and the bulbs in spring. Then there's, the midsummer madness, which is always gorgeous, and after that you might have salvaged dahlias perennials, like persik area, really anything that you love and grows well in your garden and of course there are all the herbs.

They are a key part of a cottage garden, fennel and jelica saved chives, rosemary lavender and any herbs that are local to you. You can also treat cottage garden style. Gardening as a way of learning about gardening.

Friends will give you a plant and you'll put it in and maybe it'll survive. Maybe it won't, but don't feel too bad about it, because not all plants enjoy being in a cottage garden. They have to be pretty was robust and resilient, and Saguaro has discovered that she can often find plants that grow well in the cottage garden that she then does go on to grow for country lane, flowers for selling, for example.

She discovered that if she grows corn flowers from seed and transplants, the seedlings from the greenhouse into the borders, they do go very floppy, but if she direct sews them into the borders, the corn flowers grow up much straighter.

So she's. Taking that lesson into the country named flowers beds and growing corn, flowers for picking so what about furniture and garden ornaments for cottage garden, style well, obviously recycled and upcycle is a big thing and the nature craft garden at Hampton Court.

It's very much an example of this, and also here's. Another show garden at BBC gardeners world live designed by Peter Cowell and that uses entirely upcycle materials for its hard landscaping, while having a very much cottage garden palette.

So it's, a kind of contemporary version of the cottage garden using things like scaffolding, boards and pallet wood and recycled bricks, and also the fire which is a recycled and carved up gas canister.

The other cottage garden trend for furniture and ornaments is to be handmade here at the Abbey physik garden in Faversham. They have lenss shed movement and they make quite a lot of things for the garden.

So you & # 39. Ll get homemade benches like this, and also it can be a question of just adding a link of paint to something you've got already or something that you've bought quite cheaply in the chain store here at Hampton Court Palace.

They've painted old children's, bicycles to go with the flowers and while I wouldn't quite go that far. I do think you can use colour in a cottage garden to achieve a great deal. For example, Julie Quinn uses a terracotta bright, terracotta, parasol and Mediterranean blue pots, and it gives so much color to the garden to be able to use furniture and pots in that way.

If you're interested in more design tips for garden as a garden design playlist at the end of this video and I'm - also doing a video on English country garden styles. So if you want more tips, ideas and inspiration for your gardens then do subscribe to the middle size garden YouTube channel.

Thank you for watching goodbye.

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