Why the Thatch Cottage Garden is so Special

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For many people, the cottage garden still evokes vivid, romantic and pristine visions that match the almost paradisiacal living that was the countryside setting of the olden times. The garden was surrounded by delightful and magical annuals, perennials, herbs and flowering shrubs that tangled beguilingly to produce a kaleidoscope of hue and texture.

In recreating this aspiration, the avid gardener realise that the perfect accompaniment for a beautiful cottage is a lovely, colourful and oh-so-delightful landscape. The style is relaxed, colourful, cheerful and fun. The house may not be the real thatched cottage, but this doesn't mean that we can't pursue our ambition of making a cottage garden – take out the chocolate-box setting and you will be left with a cosily relaxed style of mixed planting that can be acted out in other gardens.

A cottage garden is freewheeling not rigid; bounteous not stingy. It is personal and embracing; you don't need any special skills. Simply express yourself using plants, and with a few aesthetic skills, you can conjure your own pleasant floral abundance.

The origins

The history of cottage gardens stretches way back to the Tudor period in England. It was during the time of renaissance when global trade was booming and new species of plants both from the new world and the orient were arriving. Because the dwellers of the small, modest cottage were not rich, they tended to cultivate simple yet hardy plants that we refer today as cottage garden plants".

Plants of all types – vines, annuals, small trees, shrubs, and vegetables were grown. It was during the Victorian era that the cottage garden reached the height of its popularity, and it soon found its way to the wealthy estates of the landed gentry.

The agrestic simplicity of the containers, fences and plant supports typical of the cottage garden were actually a matter of frugality and not decoration. The labourers would reuse old troughs, baths and buckets and planters and bean poles could be gathered from the forests and woods. Hedgerows and picket fences formed cheap demarcations. Think of the cottage garden as a picturesque blend of personal and "makeshift" designs.

In a final piece of advice we'd suggest you keep your cottage garden and the cottage itself insured to prevent any significant problems should anything go wrong. 

A thatch cottage is a wonderful thing and the garden more-so. Ensure it's covered and looked after and it will look after you




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