Country Garden Design Advice

The classic country garden is definitely charming with greenery bursting to create a wonderfully abundant feel. But where do you start?

Follow our tips and advice to get the ideal country garden look and feel.

1) Look after your soil

The secret to the cottage country garden look is healthy and plentiful strong plants. However undernourished soil cannot nourish a wealth of foliage and flowers. So improve the soil fertility in your garden by using home-made compost, well-rotted manure and soil conditioners.

2) Use ground cover

Cover every fragment of soil to make your country garden look rich and full. Ground cover plants that stay quite low and spread across bare ground will achieve this. Some good Australian choices are Purple Fusion, Gold Cluster, Meema, Yarina and Mundi.

Make sure you split the plants each spring to increase your stock and plant new ones to cover the area for fast results.

3) Get the colour scheme right

• Make sure there’s lots of green as this is what gives the look of abundance and natural beauty.
• Add touches of silver to edge pathways and create a wonderful contrast to the greenness of the grass.
• Introduce strategic spots of colour in the flowering by using roses, hydrangeas, petunias, honey suckle and dandelions. As a rule, deep blues, pale pinks and crimson, plums and purples.

4)Create cottage style features

For an instant cottage garden feel incorporate structures such as winding brick roads, stone walls, water features or bird baths, latticed fences, garden statuettes, reclaimed timbers and more traditional plants.

Now all you have to do is bask in the peace of your own idyllic country garden!

For more great garden ideas see The Outdoor Room on LifeStyle HOME.

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