I love a good garden project and since I began creating a cottage garden at the beginning of the year my brain cogs just haven’t stopped spinning.
Last June/July I dug up my scraggy lawn and added a Kitchen Garden which I loved, but since acquiring a second allotment I really didn’t need a kitchen garden too. So I decided to take the kitchen garden out and add another herbaceous border to the cottage garden and it’s probably the best garden project decision I’ve made yet!
Whilst tradition has it that cottage gardens were used primarily for crops and medicinal plants, over the years the cottage garden has evolved into a place of quaint chaotic charm and that is the essence I want to capture.
I knew exactly what I wanted, a lovely large curved stone border to mirror my existing stone border. Stone however is VERY expensive to buy and my project was going to cost around £300 pound to build – I don’t have that kinda cash lying around, so my ever frugal self started scrolling eBay and Gumtree, the latter coming up trumps.
I found all my stone for free and from only 2 listings. The beauty of reclaimed stone is it’s already aged so already looks the part. If I had of gone with new stone the border would of been harsh on the eye standing out like a bright yellow daisy in a purple meadow! I wanted the border to look a part of the garden and like it’s always been there.
It was fairly straight forward to put together, the hardest part being lifting all the stone and luckily for me my wonderful mother in law was on hand to help out. I mapped out the shape using string and then began the construction. Being in Yorkshire, drystone walling is something we are pretty nifty at, so staying true to my roots I went down this root, there was no cement involved!
Next was filling the thing with compost! Luckily for me Aldi is just around the corner and they do a brilliant peat free compost for only £1.99 for 40 litres, just when my little car thought all the heavy journeys were over I loaded the car in 2 journeys a total of 800 litres of compost. I’ve added to the mix 200 litres of top soil and some grit for good drainage.
I’m super chuffed with the final look and its really completed the cottage garden look I’m aiming for. The next challenge is filling it with plants. I’ve slowly been collecting plants since my birthday in July to fill it with and I’m going to share with you in the next few weeks how I’m going to plant up and put together my new border. So make sure you stay tuned.
For now though I’d love to hear what you guys visualise me growing there or recommend that I add to the border!
Thanks for reading!