Guide to cottage gardening

Use our planting and design tips to create your own cottage garden with a Western twist

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Sunset cottage garden
Photo by Norm Plate

In a sunny corner

In this springtime scene from Sunset’s test garden in Menlo Park, California, drifts of California poppies (Eschscholzia californica) are backed by ornamental grass, purple Spanish lavender (Lavandula stoechas), and a tree mallow with rosy blooms. The poppies reseed freely.

Design: Bud Stuckey

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