An increasing number of people are moving to the countryside. This has been made possible by new technologies which enable many to be free themselves from city life. There in no need to have an office in town any longer and the choice for work space in the country is readily available.
The country garden draws inspiration from its location and surroundings; it is a form of gardening that takes a closer look at what grows naturally and how it grows.
You can create a garden that becomes a part of its surroundings. This will enlarge the size of your plot.
To bring the surroundings in to your garden layout you must camouflage the actual boundary line and allow the feel of the countryside to run into your property. Open up a spot with a view from the boundary, clip hedges to create a frame for the view beyond.
The scale of plants used should alter according to their immediate surrounding. When planted next to a structure, plant scale should relate to that. Use a drift a flow style. Plan barbeque borders on paper, use different groupings, plant using alternate colours. Use perennials, biennials and annuals. Start with plants that have the strongest
forms. Use groups of plants in
six or seven of one type with 3 or 5 of another. Allow each plant enough space to grow to its correct size. Experiment with different varieties of plants.
The country garden incorporates many different styles.
Near the coast, wind shapes land forms. In coastal areas, use heathers and gorses. Herbs can be used in abundance.
Pine trees make good wind breakers.
THE WOODLAND GARDEN
Your garden may be inspired by surrounding woodland. Plants should be selected to complement the natural layers of vegetation. Have splashes of colour in among the trees. Foxgloves, forget-me-nots, sheeps parsley and St. Johns Wort are perfect for this application.
THE COTTAGE GARDEN
This garden should look neglected. It has a low maintenance look. Poppies and roses, geraniums in flower boxes. Have a well defined colour scheme, use an element of surprise such as a tree sculpture, a herb garden, an arch with roses, a rose garden with bird bath. Cottage garden plants are lilies, roses, standards, bushes, climbers and ramblers. Asters, daisies, chrysanthemums.
Use stone or terracotta objects. Stone frogs, ducks, birds, small human figures, fossil rocks, laundry mangles, old cart wheels, a wheel barrow filled with planted colourful seedlings. Place a pergola with a bench in a quiet corner.
The perfect country garden has a natural stream. If you do not have this, introduce water artificially in a natural form. Create a pond with lilies, reeds, rushes, old tree trunks and natural rocks.
THE WORKING GARDEN
Produce fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs for the table. Use fruit trees trained over a path to create a tunnel effect. Plant vegetables in neat rows, use many varieties. Mass different herbs in between vegetables: rosemary, lavender, parsley, mint, sage, thyme. Experiment with colours - purple sage, bronze fennel, create a tapestry of colour.
SEASONS IN THE COUNTRY GARDEN