10 Ways to Create an Aged Cottage Garden
What is the great irony of cottage gardens? Unlike many things, the older they look, the better.
Include Mature Specimens
Nothing looks old like, well, something old. While most plants in a newly planted garden will be young and small, consider splurging on some trees and shrubs that have been around a while. It's true, they're more expensive than their younger siblings, but they're worth it for effect.
A full thick, hedge or a shade tree with outspread limbs establishes your garden, giving it a richer identity and sense of place. Many nurseries offer mature plants to meet customer demand, but if you hve trouble finding what you're looking for, ask your local garden center for leads on mature-plant specialists in your area.
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