Posted: 23/02/2015 at 18:35
All good advice on here, what I would add is this:
You want a cottage garden and one thing in particular about cottage style is higgledy-piggledy. Cottage gardening is never about order and always about necessity, so every plant "should" earn its place.
Of course you can accomplish the look exactly how you want it, but don't stress too much plants try very hard to survive in the wrong places, or at least tell you that they are feeling sick.
Best times to re-arrange mistakes is spring or autumn and we all make them, even the most professional ideas can flop but I always look at the positives, if I change my mind and move something, well I'm making space for something else or at least adding goodness to the soil.
Always think of the soil not just in terms of planting (which is necessary) but in feeding it. The more love we put in, the more joy comes out of it
And if it feels like its taking too long, just try to remind yourself to enjoy the journey, if it ended too soon we'd have nothing to do now would we