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…

What Is A Kitchen Garden or a Potager? – Free Plans for a French Kitchen Garden

For the past 100 years or so, many homes have incorporated flower gardens into their landscapes, but that has not always been true. By the time of the Renaissance, gardens became part of most of the European lifestyle. Many of the earliest gardens–especially those that were associated with large estates–were formal, highly stylized, heavily manicured, stiff,…