Country Style Garden – Wildlife at Your Summer Cottage

If you need a summer house not only for planting tomatoes and corn, then you will definitely want to transform your entire plot and distinguish it from others. But this is done not to be better than neighbors, but to create a place for relaxation. After all, it is at the cottage that you can relax, at least for a while forget about the problems and the bustling city, listen to the birds singing and the croaking of frogs. To emphasize all these charms, many owners turn their country house into a country garden.


  • Basic principles
  • American Country
  • Rustic style for the Slavic soul
  • Registration of flower beds and paths

Basic principles

Country is a style that can be seen in any village courtyard. True, the current villagers, on the contrary, are trying to give their plots a more modern look. But this is a personal matter for everyone. Urban people are tired of modern styles like hi-tech and modern, so they are drawn to what is closer to nature.

The country-style garden is distinguished by colorful spots of flower beds, fragrant thickets of jasmine and lilac, a beloved old bench under a fruit tree and lush green lawns. This serene and joyful style gives humanity elements of country life. He is most close to the mentality of the Slavic gardener, so he soothes the soul and pleases the eye.

Very rarely, summer cottages are stylized as a Japanese garden or as an exquisite Old English courtyard. The traditions of rich Russian estates are not suitable for a small plot of land. Modernist delights of landscape designers also do not take root – the soil does not fit. But the rustic cheerful country style suits our compatriots in all respects. Realizing all his ideas on standard six hundredths is very simple.

elements of country life

A serene and joyful style gives humanity elements of country life

Such a garden with an elegant flower garden, with pumpkins hanging from the wattle fence and bees hovering over fruit trees unobtrusively takes you to the time of your grandmothers’ youth. You definitely won’t find a better place to rest, because here you do not need to loosen and water daily, mow the lawn and form crowns.

The main principle of country style in gardening is nature. The miraculous naturalness and beauty should be at every step. Each element of the decor needs to be thought out to the smallest detail, it is advisable to use only natural materials: clay, wood, vine, plant a lot of fresh flowers.

American Country

Many, having heard the word “country”, associate it with the clatter of hooves, the sound of the banjo and the faces of the cowboys. Yes, our landscape designers borrowed some of the attributes of the old “cinematic” Texas: low perimeter fences, knotted posts and a cartwheel. But this is where the list of American fashionable “chips” ends. It should be noted that they are not the main decorations of the country garden. In fact, such gardens came to us from Europe.

country garden

The forefathers of country gardens were cottage gardens for growing spices and flowers.

Gertrude Jackkill, a famous UK landscape designer, founded this style. Small cottage gardens for growing spices and flowers were the progenitors of modern country gardens. Gertrude supplemented their utilitarianism with its refined aestheticism, while preserving the pristine charm. The world saw a rural garden from a completely different perspective. Naturally, the innovation soon became popular throughout Europe. Everyone tried to bring their own style elements inherent in the culture of his country..

Fashionable influences and innovations of the last century adapted the village gardens to changing environmental conditions and landscape design trends. As a result, a new direction arose – low-maintenance gardens, that is, not requiring painstaking care. As already mentioned, the site should look as natural as possible. The main task of the designer is to create such a corner so that it seems that not a person worked here, but nature itself.

For the first time, a guest must be sure that the landscape of your summer house lives its own life. Therefore, in rural gardens, in addition to the usual bushes of gooseberries, currants, phlox and roses, often cultivated wild plants such as plantain, yarrow or variegated leaves are often planted. This significantly helps to solve the problem of filling flower beds with flowers. Although the word flower bed is inappropriate here, it will be more likely free flower beds.

cottage landscape

It should seem to the guest that the landscape of your summer house lives its own life

Do not trim the lawn and carefully trim it. It will look more natural if, in addition to grass, bells, buttercups, clover, daisies and even dandelions grow on it. But behind the seeming simplicity and naturalness, a competently thought out landscape structure must necessarily be hidden.

Country style in the garden – rustic style for the Slavic soul

Country-style garden design is not expensive, but you need to think through everything to the smallest detail. First of all, it is necessary to determine places for recreation. The traditional design element of the village garden is the bench. It is placed at the entrance to the house, in the most remote and beautiful corners of the site and right in the middle of the flower beds. Therefore, it is appropriate to order or make yourself several benches at once. If there is enough space in the country house, you can start building a gazebo, but if there is not enough space, then it will be replaced by an awning stretched between the trees.

garden bench

The traditional design element of the village garden is the bench.

Of course, in a rural garden it is impossible to drive away thoughts of beds, the Slavs always try to combine aesthetics and functionality. Therefore, it is necessary to decide in advance what you will grow and how you can decorate the beds. Parsley, green onions and lettuce themselves will look attractive. But if you plant decorative cabbage, marigolds and feverfew between them, the garden will look no worse than the most refined flowerbed.

Country style very often gives you the opportunity to look in a new way at very familiar things. For example, if you decorate an ordinary greenhouse with a door with a ridge and a simple ornament, it will not only decorate your garden, but will also serve as an excellent background for compositions of flowering vines. Specialists recommend separating the economic zone from the garden with decorative wattle or trellis.

scarecrow in the garden

Refuse sculptures that violate the naturalness of nature, better put a scarecrow in the garden

Registration of flower beds and paths

The paths in the village garden do not have to be straight and perfectly straight. The smooth curves of the paths visually expand the space. The material for laying tracks can be different: limestone, wooden platforms and crushed stone, granite screening. Along the perimeter, to revitalize the landscape, it is worth planting living pillows of thyme or stonecrop.

When choosing flowers and shrubs, make the most of your imagination. Plants should be of different heights and as bright as possible. It is very appropriate to plant a wicker fence made of twigs with hops and small weaving flowers. Sunflowers and mallow must grow on the site. For the decoration of flower beds, you can use different old household items. For example, in a bucket or basket to plant some of your favorite bushes and put them on the beds.

The pond in the garden can be decorated with floating flower beds in the form of a duck’s nest, but everything should look natural. The reeds growing in the pond should also be used to the maximum, but only last year. From it you can make small rafts and let them swim on the water, decorating with moisture-loving flowers.

Country Garden Pond

A pond in a country garden can be decorated with floating flower beds

Country style in landscape design does not accept artificial decorations like gnomes, frogs and mushrooms. Such mini-sculptures only violate harmony. It is also better to refuse alpine hills and rockeries, they have no place in the village garden. Treat the arrangement of your corner with a sense of humor and put a cute scarecrow made by yourself in the garden. The nature of the rustic garden should be wild and charming. You should not dream of such comfort, but do it with your own hands. I wish you success and creative mood.!