Guide to cottage gardening

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

Exotic cottage garden in Southern California
Photo by Steven Gunther

Exotic variety in Southern California

South African plants work in Alan and Angelika Wilkinson’s exotic cottage garden in Los Angeles. The trick: Using multiple varieties and planting them for an unstudied effect.

African daisies with reddish orange flowers skirt the front, and Aloe marlothii with saffron-colored flower spikes and kalanchoe with pink bell-shaped blossoms fill in behind. Surrounding: Evergreen shrubs, New Zealand tea tree (Leptospermum scoparium ‘Ruby Glow’), Leucadendron ‘Safari Sunset’, and a treelike protea.

Design: Robert Cornell (626/398-5581)

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