Guide to cottage gardening
Use our planting and design tips to create your own cottage garden with a Western twist
You can achieve a cottage effect in the heart of the city as well as the suburbs. All you need is a passion for plants and a willingness to mix them all up.
Click ahead for a look at how the traditional cottage garden can morph to fit your own personal gardening style.
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
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)
The prettiest gardens blend at least a few of the plants in the following slides.
You can create the same bursting-with-blooms appearance by arranging potted plants on a deck or rooftop. Or plant a portion of your existing garden, perhaps an island bed, with a cottage-style mix of perennials and roses.
Next, options for where to plant.
A curved path like this one will allow visitors to meander among plantings. Put an interesting focal point, like a bench, at the path’s end. These steps lead to a trellised rose.
See more ways to add to your garden next.