Rose petals sit atop a low boxwood hedge in front of heirloom peonies that came from Kathy's stepfather.
Keys To Success
A cottage garden does require planning however. Kathy and Hunter share the following tips.
•Use leaf mold (composted, chopped-up leaves) as a mulch in the garden, not shredded bark. Flowers that reseed will germinate much more readily. Also, leaf mold looks more natural.
•After reseeding flowers finish blooming, they set seed, die, and leave holes in your garden. Be ready with something to take their place for summer. Don’t let these flowers grow too thickly, or they’ll choke out other plants. “Balance letting things roam and keeping them at bay,” advises Hunter.
•Even cottage gardens need some weeding. Kathy closes her design shop on Fridays to work in the garden. “It’s great therapy, ”she says happily.
Kathy’s Cottage Flowers for Spring
Landscape designer was Hunter Stubbs, B.B. Barns Landscape Company, Arden, North Carolina, www.bbbarns.com or (828) 684-9190.
"Bounty of Blooms" is from the May 2008 issue of Southern Living.