Cottage Gardening in Queensland
The cottage garden as discussed on this page refers to an intensive garden filled with flowers, herbs, fruit trees. The style will be familiar from Northern Hemisphere gardening books and magazines, not to mention childhood story books.
Sometimes vegetables are included, displayed in rustic yet ornamental ways. However, the contemporary cottage garden is ususally focused on flowers, including modern varieties which nevertheless have the "cottage look".
Cottage gardening can be a struggle for the gardener in subtropical and tropical climates, because many of the classic cottage garden plants come from cooler parts of the world, or from Mediterranean climates. The trick, then, is to select varieties which are tolerant of heat and humidity. Or, substitute unsuitable species altogether with plants which are nevertheless soft and pretty.
There's a separate page on this site for the Queenslander garden, which looks at plants and gardens historically associated with traditional Queensland homes. The Self Sufficiency Pages are being developed for the gardener primarily concerned with growing food and related matters.