Guide to cottage gardening

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

Cottage garden four-season plants
Photo by Janet Loughrey

Four-season appeal in Portland

How long does it take to create a show-quality cottage garden? About 18 months and most of that is growing time.

Darcy Daniel created year-round interest in her garden by using plants that hold their places in the off-season. Perennials and shrubs form a multilayered tapestry of flowers and foliage in her front front yard.

To the left of the path, the mauve blooms of Erysimum linifolium ‘Variegatum’ and the burgundy leaves of New Zealand flax are backed by white ‘Iceberg’ rose, yellow-flowered Achillea ‘Moonshine’, and the violet blooms of Allium ‘Globemaster’.

Design: BloomTown Garden Design (503) 331-1783


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