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Cottage Garden Series: Cottage Garden Plants – Annuals

Picking and Planting Annuals in Your Cottage Garden

Continuing this series on the Cottage Garden, and this post on annuals follows Perennials for the Cottage Garden, and Just What is a Cottage Garden? Annuals provide beauty, texture and amazing color to the cottage garden layout, and there are sooooo many to choose from. Here are some of our favorites, with a list to follow:

Foxglove English Cottage Garden Annual
Foxglove is a great addition to any cottage garden planting design

Foxglove

There are very few flowers that provide such great vertical interest and color as the Foxglove. With its colorful, spotted spikes, and glorious bell shaped flowers, it will provide a great backdrop to any cottage garden planting scheme..

Foxglove in the English Cottage Garden
Snapdragons add beautiful color to the cottage garden.

Snapdragon

A great planting companion with the Foxglove, the Snapdragon is also a vertical interest plant, and provides a great layered effect when planted around the foxglove or delphinium. In such a large array of colors, you cant help but find one or many you love.

Delphinium

These plants are cottage garden mainstays, towering at the back of the border in your choice of shades of blue, pink or white. You will need to stake them before they get too tall, and protect them from slugs and snails early in the season. They will add to your cut flower bouquets and provide great beauty.

Zinnia

These fast blooming, heat loving plants will give your cottage design color, foliage and consistent blooms throughout the summer months. These heat lovers will continue to provide flowers as long as you dead head, and come in amazing colors palettes and sizes to bring a smile to any gardeners face.

Here is a big list of annuals and perennials you can add to your cottage garden for enjoyment:

  • Hydrangea
  • Astilbe
  • Cosmos
  • Bee Balm
  • Gazania
  • Bleeding Heart
  • Coneflower
  • Coral Bells
  • Roses (both traditional and climbing roses)
  • Violets
  • Clematis
  • Wisteria
  • Coreopsis
  • Lavender
  • Shasta Daisy
  • Columbine
  • Phlox
  • Calendula
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Cottage Garden Series: Cottage Garden Plants – Perennials

What to Perennials Plant in Your Cottage Garden.

This is the second post in a series on Cottage Gardens, mostly focused on the English Cottage Garden style. If you haven’t read the first post, Just What is a Cottage Garden?, take a minute to read about the definition of a cottage garden, and basic design principles for making your own. The cottage garden requires a mix of plants, and we will start with perennials. With those design principles in mind, here is a listing of 5 great plants to start your own English cottage planting.

Lavender plants for the cottage garden
Lavender is one of the staples of Cottage Garden design

Lavender

Oh, the sweet smell of lavender in the cottage garden! This beautiful plant is the perfect companion for any cottage garden design. It provides a great visual foundation with its beautiful color, and if you choose the right variety, the long spikes and grey green foliage will add depth and honey bees to your landscape. Varieties: Provence, Grosso, Hidcote.

Peonies as a plant for cottage gardens
Peonies add beauty to the planting area of your Cottage

Peonies

The beautiful peony can provide multiple elements to your cottage garden layout, and with its beautiful blooms and hardy foliage, can provide great depth and dimension, as well as an amazing scent. White, red or pink, the beautiful, full blooms can be a staple for your english cottage garden.

Hydrangea is a staple for the cottage garden planting scheme
Hydrangea provides wonderful foliage and texture in the Cottage Planting Design

Hydrangea

Ok, I have to say hydrangeas are our favorite flower. And what cottage garden would be complete without these stunners. Pinks, whites, and blues can provide some pop, and amazing texture to the landscape. Their foliage is a beautiful addition from a dimensional perspective, and overtime they fill a great space, and in our opinion is the best shrub for your cottage palette.

Roses

Soft colored roses can be a main staple in your cottage plant list. You can also add a climber or two to provide height and give you an excuse for a trellis or other vertical feature. Colors like peach, salmon and white can give a soft, beautiful addition to the garden planting, and be an anchor that provides beauty year round.

Boxwood

What traditional english garden would be complete without boxwood. It is more likely associated with formal gardening in the UK, but used sparingly, it can be an anchor point in the cottage garden, if left to freely grown, and can provide you a palette for shaping.

A short list, but a starter for your new cottage garden, or spicing up and old one.