English Cottage Gardening by Margaret Hensel

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Today's book recommendation: English Cottage Gardening by Margaret Hensel 

This book is a wonder for anyone who loves the intimacy of the English cottage garden and who endeavors to capture the feel of that  for their own space.  Hensel has come up with core elements from ten cottage gardens―eight in England and two in the United States. Once you master those elements, you are well on your way to having a cottage garden of your own. Hensel explains each element and how to achieve it, and she shares the stories of beginners that are sure to inspire new gardeners.

The last part of this book is especially helpful; It reviews 76 selected cottage-style plants and how to use them to create the cottage garden.
Hensel wants her readers, "[to] feel moved, even inspired, to imagine what magical things might happen in their own front and backyards". The books is chockfull of information and photos. Hensel is an exceptional photographer in her own right which makes her photographs of the gardens and plants extra meaningful. So overall, there's tons of information and Inspiration for gardeners looking to create their own cozy cottage garden.


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