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The beauty and versatility of the Aussie cottage garden

A typical English-style cottage garden.

We’ve mentioned native gardens quite a bit in recent columns here on the Evergreen Growers blog but this week we’d like to take a look at cottage gardens in an Australian context.

Cottage gardens have been popular in Australia since colonial days with settlers looking to plant their gardens in a reflection of the style they were used to in England. The cottage garden has little in the way of rules — perhaps that’s part of its charm — although the style is usually typified by a riot of glorious plants and flowers in soft shades and colours and with a variety of leaf textures.

However many of these beautiful flowers and plants are grown in regions of Europe where water is hardly thought of as a scarce commodity. However with a growing population and corresponding pressure on resources, Australian gardeners know they need must watch the amount of water used on their plants and flowers. Therefore keeping a cottage garden in most climate zones of Australia can be a challenge.

Ever adaptable, Aussies are turning to tried and true native plants as a practical — and low maintenance — alternative to the often water-guzzling traditional cottage plants.

Witness this wonderful 2011 interview by Gardening Australia’s Sophie Thomson with Thelma Vandepeer, a gardener who has combined the beauty and durability of native plants with a cottage garden’s typical anarchic style.

Thomson describes the garden as: “…an Australian Cottage Garden [with] plants…squeezed in next to one and other creating a striking juxtaposition of foliage, flower and form.”

Does a traditional cottage garden with European-style plants interest you? Or are you thinking of planning a cottage garden including Australian natives? Either way Evergreen Growers can assist you with a wonderful range of tubestock plants for your needs. Should you have any further questions about the type of tubestock or cottage gardens in general, please don’t hesitate to contact us through our website or query us over at our popular Facebook Page.

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