Cottage gardens began in England and were more for growing food than for simple pleasure.
As more and more food became available in markets the cottage garden became more ornamental.
My first thought when Cottage gardening comes to mind is "overcrowded." However, overcrowded can be beautiful if a little thought goes into the placement of the bulk of planting.
Fencing and hedges, paths and garden art can define areas of interest, leaving the rest for casual viewing and not so much close-up inspection.
If one is lucky enough to have plants from previous generations of family or friends...this can bring an element of meaning to be cherished and passed on to other family and friends who garden.
A Memory garden inside a garden is a special way to honor those who have gone from our lives.
Sage Hill Farms is named in memory of my mother....who thought she could not cook anything worthy of eating without Sage.
Don't forget the critter garden when remembrance spots are planned.....children especially have a hard time adjusting to losing a pet, understanding why baby birds get tossed from their nest and die...butterflies with broken wings that render them helpless....knowing they are in a safe place that can be cared for makes these rough moments a bit easier to accept.
Whatever plans you have for your spring garden...make it you own, name it, treat it with the same love and attention that you expect for yourself....the rewards will be more than you can imagine.
Oh...and don't forget to add herbs anywhere and everywhere. Garlic grows well among and is beneficial to roses. Basil is a lifeline for tomatoes.