Cottage Garden Plants

A celebration of colours & textures

Cottage garden plants include a charming hodgepodge of flowers and herbs in a wide array of colours and textures. When planning your cottage garden, don’t strive too hard to achieve that ‘perfectly planned’ look.

Neatly planted rows of flowers will only make your garden look stiff and formal, which instantly detracts from the charm of the garden. A cottage garden should have a casual, relaxed look about it with flowers of different colours and textures intermingling joyfully with one another.

Which are the Common Cottage Plants?

While there are no rules about what plants you can or cannot use in your cottage garden, here are a few cottage plants that can add a burst of colour and excitement to your garden:

  • Delphiniums: With its attractive blue spires, the delphinium is a quintessential garden plant.  They have a short flowering season cutting down the spikes as soon as the blooms have died out can encourage another bloom.

  • Lavender: Another classic cottage garden plant, you can enjoy the wonderful aroma that this plant emanates if you plant it by the paths and doors.

  • Achillea: With its silver feathery foliage and flat, creamy yellow flower heads, the Achillea is widely used in traditional mixed borders.

  • Cornflowers: When sown in autumn, the blue cornflowers produce larger blooms earlier in the season, much to the delight of bees and butterflies.

  • Lady’s Mantle: With its large acid-yellow flowers and fan-shaped, the Lady’s Mantle is a wonderful addition to any cottage garden.Moreover, this is a hardy plant that thrives in the sun and shade and is tolerant of all soil conditions.

  • Pinks: This versatile plant blooms from early summer to late autumn and can be planted in a pot or in paving cracks. It is popularly planted in front of taller borders.

Are There any Rules When
Arranging Cottage Garden Plants?

When creating your cottage garden, throw out all traditional diktats about arranging cottage garden plants. Instead, add to the excitement by interspersing swathes of  achillea, delphinium and lady’s mantle with hollyhocks and other towering plants and tie it all in with a few climbing roses around the entrance doorway.

If there are any bare gaps in between, fill them up with bunches of poppies, cornflowers and snapdragons. Now sit back and enjoy your delightful cottage garden.


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