Trying to Define A Cottage Garden

In his introduction to The Cottage Gardener’s Companion: A Seasonal Guide to Plants & Plantings for Informal Gardens, Douglas Taylor said that cottage gardens are like horses. They are easier to recognize than they are to describe: “Perhaps the chief hallmark is informality.” He observed that the old cottage gardens did not have lawns because…

Focus on Old Disease-Resistant Rose Ballerina – Free Garden Plan

For years, I have been fascinated with old disease-resistant roses. Some of them are called antique roses or old garden roses. Although Ballerina Rose only dates back to 1937, it is one of the most popular of the old disease-resistant roses, and with its small, single blossoms, it adds an airy, light touch to any…