A Late Summer Cottage Garden

cottagepergolaMost garden tours take place in June when the grand perennials make their entry. The roses are flush with bloom. Delphiniums stand tall and straight. Poppies wave with brilliant color. So it’s unusual to find a gardener who sweeps all aside to concentrate on a late summer show. But Lawrie Diack Wilson does just that.

She’s a landscape designer whose business is frantic from April to July. By August, it’s winding down. That’s when she has a chance to take a breath and immerse herself in her own cottage garden, which is most spectacular from August through September. And while there are plenty of annuals like cosmos for bold blooms, Wilson first designed her late summer garden with a single thought: semi-dwarf fruit trees.

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