Welcome to my Summer Cottage Garden Tour!
It was a no brainer, the Charmer is a cottage home, and she is surrounded by the cottage gardens I lovingly created and maintain. It’s my first time participating in such a great event and I’m thrilled to be a part of.
First, let me tell you a little bit about how our gardens came about. When Chaz, my husband, and I decided to have
a garden wedding I thought it was a good idea to have some gardens to go alone with the theme! The original landscaping pretty much consisted of tree saplings that were allowed to grow by previous owners. The saplings really didn’t fall under my idea of gardens, so I set out to create gardens that compliment our home, the Charmer.
Gardening is the art that uses flowers and plants as paint,
and the soil and sky as canvas.
– Elizabeth Murray
As gardens often do, they evolve through the years to where they currently are now.
I was hoping you’d stop by…
It’s a beautiful sunny day after many weeks of rain.
Let’s sit and chat a bit before we walk out into the gardens.
I’ve set out a hat for you in case the sun becomes too warm.
Are you ready to take a stroll through the gardens? Don’t forget to bring
Our walk starts with the Ladies Garden, positioned in front of the porch, on both sides. The gardens are nestled under huge, old, Silver Maples and Black Locust trees, almost as old as the Charmer herself, a proud 86 years young!
Please watch your step as we head down the stairs,
Waiting for us is a spot of tea, so let’s pause a moment more, and let our eyes meander over the ladies shade gardens.
A comfy spot, nestled under the dappled shades of the tree. It’s a perfect spot for our senses to wander while sipping tea.
When designing the gardens, a priority was having sitting areas inside the gardens. I didn’t want to be outside my gardens, but have the gardens entice you to walk though them rather than around them.
There’s a sense of connection with nature being inside the garden. The white flowers are a heirloom annual, Valerian.
The Ladies Garden consists of mostly shade loving plants and shrubs.
Nestled amongst the flowers are several ladies with great stature..
Is another bed that receives a little more sun as it swings around before setting.
Across from these beds is a huge Silver Maple tree, and underneath it…
a vintage bike filled with annuals, and our house address on the picket fence.
Leaving the area we are now entering the Sun Garden,
The sun garden lies just beyond the gate….a smaller area brining in the full sun.
I noticed you’ve been carrying your hat? May I suggest you place it over your pretty hair, just to help keep cooler in what can be very hot garden area.
Only having this smaller sun area, I pack as much as I can into them. Sometimes I refer to this area as the Garden of Colours!
Pink climbing rose, one of three that I have. But the two others are just young-ins and haven’t grown very tall yet.
I like using unexpected items for trellises
and a wicker headboard really adds charm to the garden.
Cottage gardens should always have Phlox flowers and adding a salvaged window adds even more charm.
another must for a cottage garden are hollyhocks.
A Climbing Hydrangea in full bloom rambles along the fence top.
A Wisteria covered arbor provides the entrance to our secret gardens,
Standing under the arbor..
a pea gravel path …that leads to another shade garden area…
on the right of the path…
Hosta is a great to use in shaded gardens, and many have great textured leaves adding interest.
Across from the sitting area, on the left side of the arbor is our pond. Each spring, one of the first things on our list, is starting up our pond.
In front of the pond is a great casual and serene area to sit and enjoy the sounds of the waterfall.
I love listening to the waterfall situated just outside our kitchen and upstairs bedroom. It is so lovely to fall asleep hearing the waterfall in the background.
Across from the ponds secret garden is a dining area where we love enjoying meals in the summertime.
Thank you for stopping by and walking my cottage garden with me!