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How to choose the best garden for your cottage
You’ve got four broad choices of naturalistic cottage garden: woodland for shade, woodland edge for part shade/part sun, meadow for sun, and rocky pockets in sun or shade. Within these broad categories, of course, there are...
How to design a garden
As you plan your garden layout, keep in mind the following considerations:
Before finalizing your design, decide where paths should go, and which path materials would best enhance the native-species theme. Janet Davis, a...
Top native plants for deterring deer
“Nothing is deer-proof,” says Miriam Goldberger of Wildflower Farm, “but you can plant species that are the cuisine of last resort for deer.”
Jacki Kennedy-Ciphery of Water’s Edge Landscaping in Port Carling, Ont.,...
Planting on your septic bed
The proviso is “to keep the septic bed clear of trees, shrubs, and plants with deep roots,” says Jacki Kennedy-Ciphery of Water’s Edge Landscaping in Port Carling, Ont. “You need species that won’t interfere with the...
The best plants for a rock garden
For sun and shade
• bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi): 5–15 cm, evergreen, shiny leaves, pinkish-white urn-shaped flowers in late spring/early summer, red berries in late summer, full sun to part shade
The best plants for a woodland garden
For Rich loam
• trout lily (Erythronium americanum): 15 cm, nodding, bell-shaped yellow flowers in spring, mottled leaves
• white trillium (Trillium grandiflorum): 30–45 cm, white bloom in spring, red berries in late...
The best plants for a meadow garden
For Loam (also does well in sand)
• wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa): 60–90 cm, lavender flowers mid-summer, attracts butterflies and hummingbirds
• sky blue aster (Aster azureus): 30–120 cm, gorgeous blue flowers in...
How to grow your own wildflower seeds
Think of it as new plants for free – an endless supply at the drop of a seed. Propagating your own plants from seeds you’ve collected around your cottage saves you money, helps preserve the rich community of...
An introduction to cottage gardening
If there is one thing that draws us to cottage country, it is the landscape – the forests and shorelines and plants and rocks, and on and on. We carve our pockets of pleasure out of these places that are so different from our...