Gardening in Cottage Country
The natural beauty and plant life found in Canada’s cottage country is enough to inspire any gardener. A garden and a little landscaping can go a long way for the exterior of your cottage. However, Canadian cottages have some challenges for gardeners such as weather, sunlight exposure, wildlife, fluctuations in temperatures and much more. There are also many micro-environments when it comes to cottage climates throughout Canada. Some properties may be bombarded with dense shade coverage, while others may have full lake exposure.
At the same time, cottages are designated for downtime - so why not make your garden one that is easy to create and maintain? We all know our weekends are precious in cottage country, so here are a few tips to help guide you to a beautiful yet manageable garden:
- Avoid fast growing groundcovers – Although they are often appealing, groundcovers can take over the natural beauty surrounding your cottage surroundings. Try to stick to plants that keep to themselves.
- Plant selection is everything – Focus on plants and flowers that are less reliant on your care. Native plants are also a place great start. Perennials may go for weeks without being tended to, so try to work with plants that are easy to care for, hassle-free and tolerant of drought.
- Containers are your friends – Create a variety of styles, colours and sizes of different containers to decorate your deck, entrances, or even your dock. Play around and get creative, the possibilities are endless. Additionally, soils can be very poor in some areas of cottage country, you may need to bring your own soil.
- Raised beds – Any issues with limited space or
poor soil conditions can be solved with a raised bed garden. Raised beds allow
you to take control and fill your bed with good, well-drained soils. Align yours
with wood or layered stone for an added design touch to the exterior of your
With so many outlying factors affecting the success of your cottage garden, it is important to remember it takes time to learn what will work at your cottage. A little trial and error will go a long way to give you the cottage retreat you long for – both inside and out.