a lichen-encrusted fence complements a rustic cottage garden
Photo: Nancy Andrews

Show Some Restraint

Cottage gardens are casual but deliberate. They celebrate both beauty and utility through thoughtful plant choices, arrangement, spacing, and companion planting. A mindful design will result in a healthy and interesting outdoor space.

Here, a lichen-encrusted fence furnishes an effervescent front yard with a measure of rusticity and self-restraint.
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