Guide to cottage gardening

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

Cottage garden plants
Photo by Allan Mandell

Step 1: Pick plants for a cottage effect

Cottage gardens may appear wild and romantic, but it takes the right combination of colors, textures, and accessories to pull off the look.

In this garden: Lavender blue scabiosa and red Astrantia; rosy Pimpinella and Alstroemeria; lacy white Eupatorium rugosom ‘Chocolate’ and creamy Clematis recta; and deep purple delphiniums.

The prettiest gardens blend at least a few of the plants in the following slides.

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