Old-fashioned gardens were sprawling collections of flowers, vines, and herbs that grew large and in abundance. Imagine such a welcoming space in your own garden.
"The old-fashioned garden! What a host of memories come sweeping back. Who of us does not instantly see the dear old place where we joyfully tripped after our grandmother as she pottered about ... What a riot of color wherever we looked."
—Northrup King Catalog, 1915
Floriferous, fragrant, and loosely arranged rather than in a set design, old time gardens of perennials and annuals were similar to the English cottage garden. The plants were chosen for durability and sentiment and often obtained by swapping with friends.