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Cottage gardens are our favorite theme when it comes to ideas, planting and design.  Why?  You can’t make mistakes when designing a cottage garden.  There are some simple design principles and overarching themes, but other than that, creating controlled chaos is fun and rewarding.  We have sections of the site devoted to these cottage garden areas:

You can also browse below through any of our tagged articles or pages on the cottage garden topic.

English Cottage Garden Flowers

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
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cottage garden plants

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 … Read the rest

Cottage Garden Design Ideas

Just What is the Cottage Garden?

Defining Cottage Garden Style

When we built our new enclosed garden, I started doing some research on the Cottage Garden Design style, and what that really meant. There’s the traditional English Cottage Garden, the Americanized Cottage Garden, the hybrid cottage garden. What are the true fundamentals of the cottage garden design style? Here is a quick definition, the best I found:

The cottage garden is a distinct style that uses informal design, traditional materials, dense … Read the rest

Cottage Garden Design Attributes

The Cottage Garden: Planting From Scratch

So, I’ve wanted to build a cottage/English garden for some time now and started a larger project than I anticipated. In doing research I wanted to understand what attributes make up this type of garden, and what features I wanted to include. There are really two main kinds of English Garden: the rolling estate/park and the cottage garden. The rolling estate is lush with broad expanses of green, and has a park feel broken up … Read the rest

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