In people's musings about what type of garden design they'd like to have in a yard, the "cottage garden" style is often invoked. But exactly what is it that separates this particular design style from the rest? How does one go about creating a cottage garden?
Perhaps you've seen examples of cottage gardens in the paintings of Claude Monet or Thomas Kinkade and wondered, "How could I achieve anything even remotely similar to that style of a bygone era in my own yard?" But in my view, the cottage garden style is about landscaping with exuberance and is just as relevant now as it ever was. So don't stress over being true to historical examples: this article focuses on the components you'll need to create a cottage garden for the 21st century.
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