The Berry Cottage Gardener

The Berry cottage gardener

for gardens pretty and productive


Agapanthus – Friend or Foe?

"A good garden may have some weeds" - Thomas Fuller

Agapanthus is a very popular landscaping plant in Australia, and it’s easy to see why. It’s tough, ever-green and prolific! But beware, it does have the potential to become invasive.

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Keeping The Faith With Perennials

"In all things it is better to hope than to despair" - von Goethe

I love perennials. To me, they are the epitome of a cottage garden. Seeing these pretty deciduous plants emerge from a bleak Winter reminds me to keep the faith, in the garden and life!

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Making Compost While The Sun Shines

"The ground's generosity takes in our compost and grows beauty. Try to be more like the ground" - Rumi

All good gardeners know compost provides a wonderful boost to soil. It’s a natural and complete fertilizer, rich in micronutrients to promote healthy plant growth. And it’s so rewarding make your own!

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The Art of Underplanting Trees

"Gardens are not made by sitting in the shade" - English proverb

Trees form an attractive and vital part of any garden. They provide shade, height, beauty and habitat. But for all their virtues, trees do provide gardeners with a few challenges, the most significant being what to underplant. At Violet Cottage, I have three definite favourites!

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