It’s been really great weather in Florida lately and I’m so excited to be outdoors soaking in every ounce of sunshine. As you guys know, my Word of the Year is “intention” and last week we took the day off to enjoy a local Spring Garden Tour.
It was in the middle of the week and felt like such a luxury to be able to spend a leisurely day without an agenda.
Garden tours provide fantastic outdoor living ideas through color combinations, flower or shrub variety, the layering of texture and use of space. It’s also a fun way to meet other locals and fellow garden enthusiasts.
Thankfully, you can grow a garden with a small patch of land or in containers. It doesn’t have to be anything really elaborate just something you can maintain that brings you joy. Every time I spend a day touring local gardens it makes me want to head straight for the nursery to pick up some plants.
I love flowers and I know that many of you do too. Over the past few years, we’ve really enjoyed our outdoor spaces and I hope this year to enjoy them even more. It’s definitely a dream of mine to have a large cottage garden one day. I know that takes a bit of planning and plenty of time to devote to plants. Here are the top elements for growing a cottage style garden:
Create an Informal Design with Curved Pathways – utilize plants, flowers and shrubs that are free flowing and will add cascading or unrestrained charm
Grow Old School Tradition Flowers – think peony, foxglove, snapdragons, pansy, camellias, roses, gardenias, and hydrangeas.
Select an Eclectic Mix of Outdoor Furniture – wicker, painted metal, chippy woods and mismatched pieces are the perfect compliment to a cottage garden.
Choose Soft Romantic Plants in Complimentary Color Combinations – plant flowers in soft shades of pastel in small pockets throughout the garden or on arbors. Climbing roses, rambling roses and wisteria not only smell good but also make a visually beautiful statement.
Use Structures with Vintage Charm – reclaimed, salvaged items or piece with well-worn patinas that are quirky and unexpected ooze cottage charm.
Who’s ready to head to the plant nursery? Me too!
See you guys back here tomorrow. I’m sharing our Spring porch tour!