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Garden trends: Cottagecore

WordsMegan Lambert

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Let’s begin at the start. The sourdough start-er, to be precise. An innocuous emblem of early pandemic life, no one could have known it would have set in motion one of the most popular trends of 2020: Cottagecore.

So what is this trend that’s making its way into our homes and gardens, and why exactly is the internet going hardcore for Cottagecore?

What is Cottagecore?

A celebration of the good life, slow living, and the simple things, Cottagecore embraces a quaint-yet-rustic aesthetic. If it had a mantra, it would be “make do and mend”. At its core, Cottagecore is about handmade, homegrown, reclaimed and upcycled. What it isn’t is brand-spanking new.

A natural follow on from the interior trend, the Cottagecore garden trend is more than just transforming your outdoor space into a vegetable patch (although if that sounds up your street, take a read of our advice on creating your very own victory garden). It’s about creating a cottage garden aesthetic: growing your own flowers, making your own arrangements, perhaps even growing a wellness garden, and yes, sowing the odd vegetable or two.

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Why has the Cottagecore aesthetic made a comeback?

So, why now? Harking back to a bygone era, it makes sense that cottagecore rose in popularity whilst we were all stuck in our homes and becoming increasingly domesticated.

It’s no surprise that since March 2020, Tumblr reported a 153% rise in #cottagecore posts. It speaks of a cosy simplicity, away from the hustle and bustle of modern life and crowded streets, something that  many of us learnt to appreciate in those early-pandemic days.

The best thing about the cottagecore aesthetic is that you don’t have to have a lot of space to create it. Designed around the idea of oddly spaced, pokey cottage gardens, cottagecore lends itself to small, walled spaces so you can even recreate that rural-idyll even if you’re in the city.

So here are a few simple tips for bringing a bit of that cottagecore aesthetic into your back garden.

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Cottagecore garden trend idea: create a medicinal garden

Become your own inner wellness guru and plant shrubs like lavender, thyme, rosemary, chamomile, sage, and damson roses which you can use in everything from cooking to handmade soaps, teas, and facemasks.

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