How to create a cottage garden

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How to create a cottage garden

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Create your dream cottage garden full of flowers and colour. We’ll help you to consider different colour schemes, plant types, layering and special features. You will also learn the key to success is choosing the right plants to suit your soil. 
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Step by Step Instructions

1 Plan before you plant your garden
2 Choose your plants for the right look
  • Step 1. Plan before you plant your garden

    Before you get your shovel out, it’s important to plan what you are going to put in your garden first. Try sketching out a plan of everything you will include in it. Decide where things such as statues, water features or even a garden gnome or two will go. And make sure you consider where paths will go through the garden. The most important tip is to plant for your soil rather than changing the soil to suit your plants. Find out your soil’s pH level and whether you have sandy or clay soil, and then choose plants to suit.

  • Step 2. Choose your plants for the right look

    For a free flowing garden full of flowers and bright colours, consider using the colour wheel to choose plants. Pastels compliment each other well.  For something contrasting and bright, choose colours at opposite ends of the colour wheel like purple and yellow. Include evergreen plants that will provide you with foliage all year round. Layer the garden placing the tall plants at the back and layering down towards the front. To encourage bird life in your garden, try installing a birdbath or feeder.

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Secateurs
  • Shovel
  • Trowel
  • Watering can

Materials

  • Fertilizer
  • Plants
  • Seaweed solution
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Health & Safety

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