Cottage Garden Inspiration

My Dad took some pictures of my parent’s garden this week and it’s absolutely glorious! So I thought I’d share them with you, in case they give you any planting inspiration for your own cottage gardens?


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Tropical English Country Garden

So my wonderful, yet slightly crazy best friend Patricia lives in Miami but wants and English garden feel to her front yard.  First I laughed and now I have to take it all back 🙂

It turns out she can grow pretty much what I can.  British Summers have gotten much hotter and we’re not allowed to uses hoses *AT ALL* so we’ve adapted.

So here’s the list of plants that you can grow in a very hot climate – who knew?

Roses (yea!) David Austin now sells in the US and he has some recommendations for zone 9 & 10

DayLilies – all good for zones 3-9




Buddelia (The Butterflybush) – totally indestructable!





Canna Miss L’s


So basically all you need to do is clear the space, add some good soil, a TON of mulch and some more mulch and then add the plants, watering them in thoroughly.  Make sure the plants are watered regularly for the first couple of months (so plant in the autumn/winter in Florida as it’s that much cooler) and you should end up with something like this….

Or you can fly me over and I’ll do it 😉

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Building a Cottage Garden

Back in April my parents started work on their cottage garden.  The house had been rented out as a holiday home for years and the garden was a wilderness which they were trying to tame.  But with lots of hard work they have achieved in 5 months what I haven’t managed to achieve in 5 years!

April – It literally was just grass and they were dividing the 150ft garden into ‘rooms’ using trellis

June – the beds had been carved out and backbone plants added

My Dad and Husband had also erected the greenhouse which has helped with my parents saving money and growing their own plants

Early August – the garden looks amazing and it’s only in it’s first year.  There is a massive pumpkin patch which will provide all our halloween carving and I think my Mum has given sweet peas to literally everyone in her village.  I’m so proud of what they have done, if not more than a little envious!  They need to come to my house and sort out my garden!!

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