Useful Advice for Cottage Gardens:
Russell Page, that doyen of twentieth-century garden designers, explained to me that as you walked from your house the garden must invite you on, you should not feel there is a clutter of plants impeding your progress. Every garden needs an open space for you to walk into, a place where you can take a deep breath, contemplate your surroundings, and enjoy the moment." -Rosemary Verey
"It is pleasant to know each one of your plants intimately because you have chosen and planted every one of them."
"Nowhere in the world is there anything like the English cottage garden. In every village and hamlet in the land, there are these little gardens, always gay and never garish, and so obviously loved. There are not so many now, alas, as those cottages of cob or brick ... are disappearing to make way for council houses and modern bungalows, but the flowers remain, flowers that have come to be known as cottage flowers because of their simple, steadfast qualities." -Margery Fish
Lilies are indispensable, in particular the beautiful Madonna lily (Lilium candidum), which seems
to always grow in the traditional Cottage gardens in rows.
"A strong garden plan will always be weakened by the "liquorice- all sorts" effect caused by the one-of-this-one-of-that type of planting"