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The Cottage Garden
By Will Howard  //  Mon 5th June 2017
Garden, Flower Festival, Garden Centre
The cottage garden evokes images of traditional cottages with roses, clematis and honeysuckle rambling up the brickwork, along window ledges and over arches. A sweeping path leads the eye through an abundance of fruits, flowers, foliage and vegetables with an array of colours and scents creating a feeling of wilderness, simplicity and natural beauty.
Within Castle Howard’s walled garden there are elements of the cottage garden with rambling and climbing roses, vegetable patches edged with box and interspersed with flowering herbs and espalier apples and old apple trees with wildflower meadow like wilderness in their shade. Spikes of lupins, foxgloves, and alliums shoot upwards and lavender, peonies and roses provide an abundance of perfume with the trickling pond adding a tranquil backdrop to this garden which delights all the senses.

Cottage Garden

Vegetable Garden

Although the appearance of the cottage garden is one of effortless, natural beauty these gardens are usually structured by low level hedging and pathways to provide form with plants clustered together by colour or growing preference. As is often the case, the gardens that look the most effortless require the most upkeep, attention and care – but the results are well worth it as the cottage garden rewards with an abundance of pretty blooms, fresh crops, heavenly scents and of course offering a superb habitat for wildlife.

Boxed borders

Enjoy Castle Howard in Bloom, with flowers to admire inside and out, from Thursday 29 June to Sunday 2 July.

Our Garden Centre is well stocked with everything you need to create the perfect cottage garden.  My paticular favourites are:
  • Cottage Garden Pink 'Letitia Wyatt' is a scented, perpetual flowering variety which is perfect for cutting and bringing indoors. We have a fantastic range of both Cottage and Devon pinks in stock priced at £4.99. They are ideally suited to a sunny position in free draining soil.
  • Veronica 'Royal Candles' priced at £7.99 is a terrific compact variety forming bushy mounds of foliage. The upright spikes of deep blue flowers will give months of colour if dead headed to promote fresh flower spikes as the older ones fade.