Side Yard Success – Cottage Style

Posted on Feb 1, 2012 | One Comment

Don’t you just want to hang out and relax in the side garden below? With its curving pathway and overflowing flora, this garden is the perfect example of how you can create an amazing garden space in a narrow area.

Photo Via Houzz.com

In this space, the designer used the cottage garden style to bring a normally wasted space to life.

So what makes these side gardens work so well with the cottage style? I’ve pulled together a few examples…

Photo Via Fine Gardening

In this photo, notice the overflowing plants that creep onto the path, the winding stone path with irregular cut stones, the groundcover that fills in the gaps between the stones, and the variety of leaf sizes and shapes. All these elements contribute to the cozy cottage feel.

Photo Via Better Homes & Gardens

Here, a stylish Gothic arbor serves as a decorative cottage ornament, with a flowering vine growing up.

Photo Via Le Potager Decor

Accessories such as bird baths and wall fountains are scaled down fit the side garden, allowing the space to sill feel functional and look beautiful. Something I love to do is place a wall fountain outside a window so you hear the water trickling indoors. Of course, it also a beautiful focal point in your side garden!

Photo Via California Coastal Rose

Finally, if you have a sunny side yard, use the space as a cutting garden. Grow roses and all sorts of cutting flowers that you can use to fill the inside of your home with your side garden bounty.

With a side garden, the options really are endless!


Jessy-Berg-Habitat-Design This article was written by Jessy Berg, professional landscape designer & co-founder of Habitat Design. Habitat Design provides full-service online landscape design planning for small and mid-sized gardens, & an online store of unique garden & home furnishings — all at an affordable price. Jessy believes that beautiful gardens should be accessible & affordable for everyone. Check out Habitat Design >


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  1. Spruce up Your Cottage Side Garden with French Accents « Blog « Habitat Design
    February 2, 2012

    [...] you only have a small space to work with, creating a beautiful cottage-style side garden isn’t too hard; adding a few simple elements can really make it [...]

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