The cottagecore trend is alive and thriving, and young adults are taking part in traditional activities in order to live a simpler and more sustainable lifestyle. The aesthetic that the cottagecore movement embraces covers everything from cooking to gardening, and with so much time on our hands, it’s no wonder htat young people are spending more time baking herb-laced bread or creating the perfect garden in their backyard. A cottagecore garden evokes the natural and lush feel of the gardens found in the old English countryside, and it’s a lot similar to the gardens described in the “Little House” books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. If you want to add an element of quaint country living to your home, here are some easy ways to design a cottagecore garden in your backyard.
Have at least one colorful tree in your garden
A typical cottagecore garden usually has a lot of flowers and herbs, but it’s also important to have at least one tree in your backyard to provide some shade and make it look natural. If you’ve got a small garden, choose a shade tree that has lots of color, such as a Japanese Maple, which grows up to 20 feet in height, and depending on what type you choose, you can get a tree that has yellow orange, bright pink, red, or purple leaves. If you want a small to medium sized tree, consider planting a Crape Myrtle in your garden. It provides shade on hot summer days, and has lavender, soft pink, or white flowers that will be perfect for your aesthetic. Caring for your trees is essential to make your cottagecore garden look its best, so water your trees as needed, and prune them from time to time to encourage growth and increase flower production.
Plant lots of flowers
A cottagecore garden isn’t complete without flowers, so plant different varieties in your backyard. To give your outdoor space a vintage, country feel, you’ll need to mix perennials, annuals, and flowering climbers and shrubs. Think about having climbing roses, wisteria, geraniums, delphiniums, hollyhocks, and peonies in your garden. Sweet peas, clematis, daffodils and foxgloves can also add that authentic, cottage garden vibe to your backyard. Aim to create a mix of colors instead of sticking to a strict color scheme, and don’t be afraid to plant fruit-bearing plants alongside your flowers, such as strawberry, blackberry or blueberry plants.
Grow plants that you’ll actually use
The cottagecore lifestyle is all about sustainable living, so it’s important to plant herbs, vegetables or flowers that you like and that you’ll actually use. For instance, if you love tea, consider growing chamomile, lavender, apple mint, lemon balm, lemon verbena, ginger and thyme in one section of your backyard so you can harvest them whenever you want to make a pot of your favorite beverage. Meanwhile, those who love pasta will do well to grow ingredients that are essential for making various pasta dishes, such as garlic, onion, tomatoes, basil and parsley. Those who love scents may appreciate a garden with fragrant plants such as lilac, peony, sweet pea, or marigold.
Try these tips to create a cottagecore garden in your backyard. Remember to pick the right plants, trees, herbs and shrubs to make it look authentic and natural, and enjoy gardening in your vintage-style outdoor space.
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