No matter how often I travel across the pond, my heart still skips a beat when I come across a garden like this one in Stratford-upon-Avon. Its relaxed embrace of nature, with a subtle yet sophisticated mix of color, shape and texture, disarms with charm as only English gardeners seem to know how to do. Until now. This Spring, designers here in America have found their green thumb, too, with decor that’s as pretty as an English cottage garden. Here’s how to bring the look home—no green thumb required.
For an instant garden that needs no soil, water or commitment, try Lisa Audit’s Garden Flower giant wall decals. Made in the USA, this package of 25 vinyl wall decals are removable, reusable and designed to be configured in lots of floral combinations. A terrific solution for blah walls in apartments or dorms where you’re not allowed to repaint. $35.99.
The shape, color and attention to detail that French designer Christian Tortu has applied to his Hydrangea and Alchemille stoneware leaves is remarkable. This chic take on nature is worth every penny because you’ll love these plates for years to come. Set/2-$69.95.
Dig into the trend with this whimsical Garden Shovel brass door knocker. Available in five finishes, including Bright Verde. $39.95
Although snails move slowly in real life, it’s a different story here. These watering cans are everywhere right now. This 64-ounce version, named “Sammy, the Snail,” is handmade by artisans and features an antiqued silver finish. $29.95.
With a nod to Peter Rabbit, one of Beatrix Potter’s best known characters, these Bunny Family garden sculptures deliver quintessential cottage garden charm one hop at a time. Handmade from steel in Arizona by metal artist Chris Crooks. Set/5-$45.00.
It’s been a long, cold winter. But Spring is just around the corner. Welcome it with open arms and some cottage garden style.