Author(s): CLIVE LANE
This is a guide to choosing and using plants to create an authentic cottage feel in a garden of any size. Descriptions of the cottage scene and the tasks to be performed each season of the year are followed by a detailed compendium of traditional cottage-garden plants to choose. Trees, shrubs, annuals and perennials, bulbs, herbs, old cottage favourites and curiosities are all described, while a wealth of plant combinations and schemes are suggested for all seasons and situations.
Spring - a seasonal picture, seasonal tasks for spring, spring-flowering trees, shrubs, climbers, herbaceous perennials, bulbs, plant associations for spring; summer - a seasonal picture, seasonal tasks for summer, summer-flowering shrubs and climbers, hardy perennials, wild flowers for the summer cottage garden, scented-leaved geraniums (pelargoniums), old-fashioned cottage-garden annuals and biennials, herbs in the border, a herb wheel, curiosities old and new, planting schemes for summer; autumn - a seasonal picture, seasonal tasks for autumn, trees for fruit and autumn colour, shrubs, climbers, herbaceous perennials, autumn-flowering bulbs, some plant associations using shrubs with autumn interest; winter - a seasonal picture, seasonal tasks for winter, trees for winter, evergreen shrubs for winter, winter-flowering shrubs and climbers, winter-flowering bulbs and perennials.