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A garden and a cottage in the country style: how to transform land in an American farm?

A garden and a cottage in the country style: how to transform land in an American farm?

It would seem that the article about rustic style, which is already on our website, fully disclose all rules and design tricks applied in the course of its implementation. What is the story? The fact that the country style and rustic style, with all their similarities, differ from each other. What? What a Russian village is different from the American farm. However, country garden – the epitome of style, whose ancestor at the turn of XIX and XX centuries was Europe. In America, he was also introduced. The spirit of the country and today is in the farm houses filled with home furnishings and family things that were handed down from generation to generation.

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The origin and epitome of country style

The basics of the country style was founded by Gertrude Jekyll (1843-1932), the famous English landscape designer. The basis for it was taken modest cottage gardens, intended for growing vegetables, spicy greens, aromatic herbs and flowers decorating the interior. The aim of the landscape designer was the feeding utilitarian gardens high aesthetic level, which would give them unique style.

Country style

Utilitarian gardens get unique style, full of aestheticism

Kitchen in country style

Country style flies a special flavor depending on the country in which it is embodied

The idea quickly picked up, with the result that Europe acquired the gardens in the rural style, an indispensable part of which was the exquisite flower beds and ornamental gardens. Most interesting is that the garden in country style in each European country were immediately supplemented with features peculiar to its culture:

  • the English aristocracy said the country style special delicate austerity;
  • rural gardens of France embodied a kind of courtesy and ease, while not forgotten and lavender fields covering the expanse of Provence;
  • Germany scored burgher pragmatism and a touch of sentimentality.

Came to America, a country style in landscape design of this country has become synonymous with the sounds of banjo, Mustangs and all that belong to the real American ranch.

In a modern country style that is loved in Russia often use several «Americanisms»: decorative hitching post, a wagon wheel and a fragment of a fence of poles.

The principles of landscape decorating

Each style describe the basic principles, they have in the country:

  • the garden requires careful maintenance: some degree of neglect will come it a special charm;
  • the highlight of landscape style of the country is the large number of flower beds, including cultivated and wild plants (goutweed pestrolistye, krasnolesy plantain, etc.);
  • for garden decoration can approach any subject goods of a cottager, which can no longer be used for its intended purpose.

The main principle of the creation of country style is the presence of the owner of land a fair amount of imagination and a healthy sense of humor.

Flower country

A slight degree of neglect gives the garden a special country charm

Bikes as flower beds

As the basis for the flower garden can be any thing, if the question be approached with humor

The basic elements of country style

Japanese style is easily recognizable by a rock garden, Chinese decorative gazebo with lanterns and the roof, having a special form. What attributes form the cottage garden and the interior in country style? Let’s detail.

A decorative vegetable garden. The combination of aesthetics and functionality that is not provided by other popular styles, — is what is needed for the country. Well maintained but small garden with herbs can be decorated with such plants as pyrethrum or marigolds.

Garden with country style

The vegetable garden should be well maintained, and supplemented with small flowering plants

Outbuildings. Simple objects (old wheels, funny figures), decorative compositions or ornament can spice up the wall of the building. Flowering vines also become a decor.


Outbuildings can be decorated with decorative elements and flowers

Flower beds. The use of flowers and timing of flowering, placed in carts, watering cans, pots or other household containers – typical for country reception. Do not forget that in Russian rustic style perfectly fit front gardens with hollyhocks, sunflowers and Golden balls. The bench and Jasmine Bush, located next to the bed wonderfully complements the overall ambiance.

Flower garden in country style

The beauty and diversity of flower beds — a proprietary feature of country style

Garden paths. The garden area should not have strict borders, and paths between them decided to do natural. To create them suitable, for example, the granite screenings. Even the strict concrete paths can diversify by making your own, decorating their border Sedum or thyme. Track you can decorate or even paint.

Track country style

Even a concrete path can look very picturesque

Small garden forms. Decorating a cottage in a country style, use natural materials: wood, clay (terracotta for example). Looks great fence of vines, pergolas made of poles, wooden well.

Small garden forms

When using small shapes required to comply with the measure, it is sometimes possible to do without them

Water bodies. In the garden of the country will look good a small village pond, overgrown at the edges of the iris.

Water feature in the country style

Small water mill in the country style looks pretty good and organically — you can take note of

It is important to observe moderation and do not mix styles. Tacky gnomes and frogs poisonous colors can spoil everything.

Compliance with country houses overall style

To give the interior of the cottage in the country style need flavor help natural materials used in its finish and decoration: wood, flax, cotton and wool, and ceramics. The atmosphere of comfort, which has no room for pomposity and pretentiousness, attracts warmth and comfort.

The interior of the country

Lack of pomposity and pretentiousness does not exclude the fact that the interior can be not cheap

The house, designed in compliance with traditions that are supplied with fireplaces or stoves, because the living fire, eye-sight required to create the desired atmosphere of the house where you are always welcome.

Country easily recognized by the abundance of wood and slightly rough, but durable and functional solid wood furniture. Simple furniture – based interior country. However, of wood doing here even the ceiling. Sometimes beams and whitewashed, it looks solid and strong, which are supposed to be the ceiling in a good country house.

Wood in the interior country

The abundance of natural materials makes the atmosphere cozier

Numerous great accessories complete the picture. The course is everything – curtains with ruffles or embroidery, tablecloths and bedspreads crocheted doilies and quilts, wicker baskets, tin cans for tea or coffee, ceramic vases and decorative plates, vintage utensils, flowers in pots.

Decor in country style

Country style, like any other form of numerous accessories because the details all power! 🙂

Another sign of the country style in Russia can be considered fragrant pies with a ruddy crust, homemade jam or honey in small bowls, and a steaming hot samovar with medals.

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