|What kind of garden style do you see here (other than rather disheveled with the paddleboard in the middle of the lawn)? Certainly cottage, but maybe a squinch of modern?|
I have a friend who wanted to create a garden in her yard shortly after she was married and asked me for some tips. When I asked her what kind of garden she liked, her main criteria was that “None of the plants touched.” She couldn’t handle the somewhat disorganized nature of a cottage garden but she didn’t want the maintenance of a more formal space either. (As it turned out the marriage only lasted one gardening season so the no-plants-touching-garden never came to be.)
|I feel like this area has just a bit of Japanese garden feel to it. With the manicured boxwood and and the rocks, it certainly doesn’t feel cottagey to me.|
That’s why I love looking at other people’s gardens. I think they say so much about the gardener. They are such a personal expression of who we are.
There is a lot of “cottage” in my garden. I like plants and a lot of them. But even reviewing pictures of my garden from last year, I’m not entirely happy with what I’m seeing. I think I would like a bit more definition without being militant about it.
|I‘ve always loved this picture from my garden because I think it’s a nice plant pairing, but this certainly speaks to the “cottage” side of my garden. Even the plants themselves feel informal as they sort of half flop over the patio.|
I think that’s the thing about gardens for me: Much like interiors, I wouldn’t want to live with the same design forever. So my garden continues to be a work in progress. Where it leans cottage now, I’d like to balance that out with a few other styles. I think you can mix and match most styles in the same yard, so long as you have repeating elements that tie them together.
As my garden fills up with plants, it’s not so much about the quantity anymore, but more about the design. I like to think of it as the progression of a gardener.
So what kind of garden do you have? And what kind would you like to have?