On a small lot overflowing with blooms, Betsy Fleenor brings the romance back to her Birmingham garden
Photo: Van Chaplin
The original English cottage gardens (named for the humble homes they grew in front of) were informal in nature and simply supplied a family’s needs. Meticulously tended to ensure productivity, plants guaranteed to succeed were often shared among friends. As food became more available from markets, cottage gardens became more ornamental, though just as packed with plants. This is how Betsy’s garden is, and while many cottage gardens can look tired at the end of a season, hers is always neat and presentable.