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Picket Fences & Arbors

Incorporating wooden structures into a cottage garden

Enclose your garden with a weathered picket fence. Flickr user mollypop.

A curved arbor covered in roses will add height and country charm to your garden. LenkinDesign in Pasadena, CA.

Decorative structures are an important part of cottage garden design. Structures should be made from natural, well-worn materials - the more rustic, the better. However, you always want to be sure they are structurally sound.

A familiar structure that will add lots of country charm is a fence. Enclose your garden with a weathered picket fence, or use part of an old fence as a decorative backdrop for prized plants. Picket fences are usually painted white, but a natural wood finish will look great also. A stone wall is another option for enclosing a cottage garden.

An arbor is another common structure in a cottage garden. Welcome visitors to your garden with a curved arbor made of wood or metal. A simple gate can be fixed to the arbor if necessary. For a whimsical look, plant climbing flowers at the base of the arbor. A garden trellis can also be used to add height to your garden or define separate garden spaces.

Finally, consider adding a potting station or shed to your cottage garden. This can be a simple wooden work bench that stores gardening tools, or a cute cottage-style building. Depending on your needs, a potting station, or shed, can be highly functional, or completely decorative. Wood is the best material choice; consider painting it a soft color that matches your plant palette.

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