A cottage garden is the most informal garden it is possible to create and the easiest to maintain, if following the permaculture, no-dig method and approach.
Ladys Mantle will grow, fall, spread, then grow some more from the centre, outwards…if allowed, and that is what happens in a cottage garden!
Informality is the only hard and fast rule and that’s a contradiction in itself!
Spirea simply HAS to get unruly before it produces these exquisite spires of pink fluff!
The hedge or bush…there is both here at Bealtaine Cottage, can only be brought back into semi-formality after the flowering period!
This stunning herb gets very big and quite straggly, but it’s all worth it when the flowers happen.
It self-seeds everywhere, but who cares?
It’s carelessly beautiful!
Once these seeds are introduced into your garden, there is no way back for splashes of pink bobbing on the morning breeze between vegetables and fruit alike.
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