Arguably, no cottage is quite complete without a thriving garden somewhere on the property – which is easier said than done, of course. Given the seasonal nature of cottage living, what cottage gardening often boils down to is what will survive, and more importantly flourish, with minimal maintenance and preparation. Here are a few things to keep in mind if you’re an avid cottage gardener, (novice, veteran, or otherwise).   


Keep it Contained 

When it comes to cottage gardening, the first rule is to start small – aka try to avoid biting off more than you can chew. There’s no point spending an entire summer cultivating an elaborate garden if you don’t have the time or means to maintain it all year, and into the next season.  


Opt for Enduring Perennials

Because there’s a chance you won’t be around in the springtime to get started on planting and coddling those pretty annuals, you might find it justifiable to skip the annuals all together and plant long-lasting, low-maintenance perennials instead.  


Landscape, Lots 

Employing clever landscaping techniques, such as pavers stone pathways, decorative boulders, brick barricades and other such non-botanical elements will not only look great, but will also cut down on the amount of plant-related maintenance you have to do, come cottage season; (aka weeds).  



Even though you may not be at your cottage year-round, your garden can still benefit from some good ol’ techie-ness, in the form of garden automation. For instance, set up your sprinklers on an app-controlled system, so you can start watering before your vacation even starts.

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Zakiya Kassam

Zakiya is a freelance writer/editor based out of Toronto. You can follow her on Twitter: @zakkassam

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