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  • In traditional cottage gardens, mixing of a wide variety of plants is a signature aspect. You would see most of these classic spaces with plant beds by the house, filled with perennial and annual flowers combined with lush foliage and vegetable plants.

    The first step to making an overflowing plant bed is ensuring that you use good and rich organic soil. Adding plenty of compost and covering the soil with mulch is a great way to maintain moisture in the soil, keeping its temperatures steady and improving the quality of soil as it breaks down.

    2. Curving pathways


    Traditionally, fences in English country gardens are lower than their typical height in most outdoor spaces at present. But, you can still get a similar style in your garden through picket fencing, which offers a wide variety of designs to choose from.

    You can also opt for Lattice fences. They can support climbers and flowering vines such as clematis, climbing roses, and wisteria.

    4. Choice of plants


    To create a cottage-style garden, nothing in your outdoor space should look ‘too polished’. It is best to employ vintage garden decors and accessories for a rustic look.

    Some of the great ideas would be a rustic bench, some vintage planters, old repurposed shelves, and a classic galvanized watering can. You can consider rattan garden furniture too! Garden Buildings Direct offers some of the most stylish and durable designs in the market.

    6. Arbours and trellises


    Cottage-style gardens highlight more abstract features than orderly elements. So, it is best to lay out irregularly shaped garden beds and let paths define spaces and perimeters in the gardens. You can also allow some spaces to grow wild instead of maintaining well-shaped shrubs. When a walkway meanders, it will also force your guests to slow down and see more of your garden too.

    8. Log cabin