What is great about country gardens is that they let you think big. As opposed to traditional gardens which focus on defined space and order, a country garden offers you a lot more freedom, with a wide variety of flowers that create multicolored layers. Basically, there is less care about the rules and more about doing what you are passionate about. It’s a laid-back, colorful, and entertaining garden. In this article, we are going to discuss some of the things that you should know if you are planning to plant and properly maintain your own country garden.
Go for hardscaping
Hardscaping works well for a country garden. Boulders are a great solution in this regard. Place them in a way that looks natural, about one-third into the soil. They are good long-lasting anchors that work well together with the flowers that you plant. Next to that, you could go for a rustic or a picket fence which works as the perfect background setting, and adds just a little bit of order to the beautiful chaos that you create.
The best plants to pick
When planting you should go for odd numbers. While it isn’t numerically balanced, it, in fact, forms a more harmonious sight. The season for a country garden starts in spring. This is the time to plant bluebells, daffodils, and tulips, which are followed by early summer roses, clematis, foxgloves, geraniums, lupins, alliums, aquilegia, and ornamental poppies.
Once the high summer arrives, the time has come for beautifully scented lilies and jasmine, as well as colorful achillea, crocosmia, salvias and helenium. Next to that, come the tall hollyhocks, delphinium, verbascum, and red-hot pokers.
In late summer and early autumn, you can implement the same amount of color with Michaelmas daisies, asters, anemones, rudbeckias, and helianthus.
Turn for the exotic
Going for an exotic feel has become another popular choice for some country gardens. You can decide to go for gentle cannas, beautifully-colored dahlias, red-leaved banana Ensete ventricosum “Maurelii”, and the Japanese banana Musa basjoo. Other plants that might fit your exotic-looking country garden are the small palm tree Trachycarpus fortunei, a variety of phormiums, the dwarf fan palm Chamaerops humilis, and the arum lily. All of these plants introduce a feeling of plenty, which is an important part of the style of a country garden.
Create a path through the garden
In order to provide some visual relief from all the plants, you should create a path throughout the garden. It also makes it welcoming, as well as much easier to take care of. Think about who will walk through your garden, and in what kind of footwear. According to this, you can determine whether you want to go for a harder surface like concrete, or a softer surface like wood chips or gravel. You can opt for a grass path if you know that the path won’t be stepped on as much, but remember that you will need to mow it on a regular basis.
Plan out your planting and do it appropriately
When you plant, you need to make some sort of plan. For example, you should blend your garden with the surrounding landscape. There can be a variety of exotic shrubs and trees near your house, but the further you move away from it, you can switch to shrubs and trees that are native to where you are located. Mixing up plants is always a good idea. Combine perennials, vegetables, rose bushes, cutting flowers, and fruit trees, into an amazing garden that has everything. Of course, it is necessary that you plant appropriately. Don’t put a tree that needs a damp ground into a dry location. Every plant requires its own set of conditions, and once you meet them, you won’t have to use much fertilizer and watering.
Place your trees into beds that have mulch and shrubs on top. Fallen leaves work great as mulch, so collect them and put them underneath shrubs and trees. Remember that mulch and landscape fabric don’t work well together. Edge the planting beds with natural flat stone. Add manure and compost to your soil. This will help your plants grow much better. Know that your lawn doesn’t need to be impeccable. Start with grass that requires low maintenance, and is resistant to drought. You can replace the lawn areas with something else later on. Make sure that you mow the areas near your house, but you can leave longer grass further away.
Planting and organizing your own country garden is all about creativity and fun. Choose some of the plants discussed in this article, and create an amazing sight for the eyes by arranging them in innovative ways. Remember that some of your plants require watering, so pick the best garden hose to do the job.