A Cottage Garden in Pots

Not everyone has either the space, time nor experience to launch into a fully-fledged cottage garden with its demanding, overflowing borders. However, cultivating some of the key plants in containers is a satisfying alternative, a means of capturing the essence of the style with minimum effort. Container gardening is especially suitable for a small space such as a balcony, patio, terrace or deck because, as each display passes its best, it can be moved to one side, its place taken by another that has been waiting on the wings until mature enough to move into the limelight. The key lies creating a succession of displays from early summer into autumn, with each focusing on a star plant, surrounded by a supporting cast of smaller ones.

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