Cottage Garden

"Summer afternoon - summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language."- Henry James 

 Cottage Garden The Cottage Garden is one of our more eclectic gardens, combining shade-​​loving and sun-​​loving perennials, sunny annuals, biennials, tropical plants, shrubs, roses and more. It is always a delight the eyes.

 Cottage Garden This garden was created by two interns, Melissa Boland and Liz Monroe, in the summer of 1999.

The Cottage Garden is one of our more eclectic gardens, combining shade-​​loving and sun-​​loving perennials, sunny annuals, biennials, tropical plants, shrubs, roses and more. It is always a delight the eyes.

Cottage gardens are English in origin and are planted in a random pattern, breaking away from the stylized and geometric patterns of formal gardens. Cottage gardens were created by 18th century villagers to provide them with food and herbs and with some pretty flowers added just for decoration.

The cottage garden is usually an enclosed garden, frequently with a flower-​​covered gateway. Common flowers in the cottage garden included hollyhocks, pansies and delphinium, all three essentially nineteenth-​​century flowers. The gardens have a wild but useful look to them. Our cottage garden gives a nod to these old gardens, but has to survive in this shady location without a cottage in site.

We break a lot of traditional cottage garden rules. We have removed some diseased trees and with increased sunlight in the garden this year, we have rebuilt our birdhouses, reworked the pathways, added new plants and moved a bird fountain into this garden. All this will encourage more birds and butterflies into the space.
Nearby junipers and pines provide hiding spots for the birds, while the small trees in and around the garden provide roosts from which they can watch for predators.

About half of the plants are attractive to hummingbirds. These small birds prefer red to purple, tubular flowers. They are attracted by color, not by scent. In the spring they feed at red flowering Crimson Star columbines followed in the summer by red and purple salvias and pink butterfly bushes.

Once a hummingbird has discovered a good feeding site, it will return yearly. Even if none are visible, listen for the high pitched whir created by their wings in flight.

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