Should you see dirt/mulch between the plants in cottage garden?
I'm wondering what you all think about this question. Do you like to see dirt/mulch between your plants...or do you like plants to meet together...or do you have such a packed garden that it's every plant for itself? :)
I like a full garden, which to me means very little dirt or mulch showing, once the plants get established (maybe 2-3 years in our area). My mom likes to see some bark between her plants and does not like any weeds. I'm more forgiving and don't mind a few weeds, especially if they bring in ladybugs and are in the back of the bed.
So, what about you? Do you like order, chaos or something in between? Or do you think a (shall we say rambunctious?) bed is not chaotic, but merely established? Looking forward to everyone's input!