Build A Wall of Roses for A Gorgeous Garden Escape

Not long before I moved away from my home and garden in New Jersey, I had begun building a setwork of rose arbors. That was the final step in my effort to create a secret garden–a secluded and natural get-away. When it is possible, I grow fragrant flowers, like lavender, peonies, and irises, and strolling…

What Is A Cottage Garden? Which Flowers Should I Plant in My 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 [of a cottage garden] is informality.” He observed that the old cottage gardens did…