The 10 best cottage garden plants, shrubs and flowers to include in a traditional cottage-style backyard (2023)

Make cottage garden plants the backbone of your borders for lasting loveliness in a country-style plot.

Experts, professionals and garden-lovers alike all agree, the starting point of almost all cottage garden ideas is planting. Choosing the right plants, shrubs and flowers is key to creating that quintessentially relaxed aesthetic and colorful final look that is so synonymous with traditional cottage garden design.

From perennial plants that add height and scent to your planting scheme, to hardy bushes that offer an element of evergreen foliage, there's an abundance of classic cottage garden plant options to help you establish this top garden trend style in your backyard.

Our expert guide to the best cottage garden plants will help you choose the right plants for your outdoor space, with tips on where to plant your flowers and shurbs for the best results year-round.

The best cottage garden plants as chosen by experts

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1. Aquilegia

Best classic country garden flower

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Available in a variety of colors

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Suitable for sun or shade

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Tolerates any soil type

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Self-seeding

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Only flowers seasonally

For a classic country-style flowering plant that adds shape and color to your planting, this is gardener, TV presenter, and author Sarah Raven's (opens in new tab) first choice of plant. "Aquilegia, the good old Granny’s bonnet is a classic cottage garden favorite which flowers through the spring to early summer, with its nodding flowers like an elaborate hooped skirt," she explains.

"They are fairly unfussy about soil type. A neutral, moist but well-drained soil will do well, happy in full sun or partial shade." This is a very low maintenance cottage garden plant and once established it only requires watering once a week, making it one of the best garden plants for those who are new to gardening. It's all these qualities that also make this plant thrive in meadows and woodlands, where it is most commonly found.

There are around 70 different species of this perennial plant, which means there's a wide choice of colors available to suit your planting scheme. This plant typically flowers from mid-spring to summer, so make sure to plant it in early spring for best results.

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2. Foxgloves

Best cottage garden plant for adding height to borders

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Self-sowing

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Ideal for adding height to borders

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Broad tolerance of all soil types

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Thrives in part shade

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Fragile in high winds

"Foxgloves make some of the very best cottage garden 'early summer' garden plants and cut flowers," explains Sarah. "If you pick the king flower – the main spire, you create lots of prince flowers and the plants will then go on flowering for longer."

The tired bell-shaped flowers are synonymous with a meadow-like flower garden, one that welcomes a plethora of pollinators to take refuge inside the petals. The statuesque spire of this much-loved cottage garden plant is ideal for planting at the back of borders to give the planting height – growing up to 4ft tall.

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"Digitalis purpurea ' Sutton's Apricot' is lovely soft pink foxglove and is one of my favorite plants," Sarah shares with woman&home.This delightful variety flowers from May to July and is best planted in April.

See our guide to the best places to buy plants online to find an online retailer that will ship garden plants, like foxgloves, to you directly.

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3. Philadelphus

Best large cottage garden shrub

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Requires timely pruning

If you can only afford the space for one large shrub in your garden, make it mock orange (philadelphus). It truly is one of the stars of the early midsummer cottage garden, and there are varieties to suit large or small borders.

While the white blooms can be single or double, all varieties have a powerfully intoxicating orange blossom or jasmine-like fragrance and make great partners for old-fashioned roses, which flower at the same time.

Try a variegated type, which has green leaves with a creamy-white margin, and Philadelphus ‘Aureus’, which has glowing golden foliage, making it stand out in a border.

At just 1.2m tall, this variety is useful in small, cottage gardens as a backdrop for shorter plants with dark green leaves.

The foliage ultimately changes to green as summer begins, butas the shrub has strong branches, it can be used to support lightweight clematis, such as ‘Niobe’, to maintain interest long after the flowers and foliage fade.

Philadelphus thrives in sunor partial shade and will tolerate any soil type, including heavy clay soil. It’s best to prune as soon as the flowers fade to encourage new growth that will carry the blossoms next year.

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4. Fuchsias

Best hardy cottage garden plant

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Flowers all summer

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Adds uplifting color to planting

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Nostalgic fragrance

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Can be trained to climb walls, fences, and arches

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Needs to be semi protected from wind

Create interest in late summer borders with hardy fuchsias; the variety ‘Tom West’ is particularly striking, having variegated cream and green foliage with cerise veins, which make a great foil for the red and purple blooms.

Find it a sheltered spot in full sun or semi-shade that’s protected from cold, drying winds.

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The pale gold and cream flowers of ‘Graham Thomas’ are borne all summer, not just in one flush, so it’s a good choice for small gardens.

Train it on a wall or fence as a backdrop to borders or over an arch to create a fragrant gateway.

If fragrance is a priority for you, make sure you add the sweet, smoky perfume of lavender. Use it in abundance around sitting areas to create the perfect ambiance for a relaxing summer afternoon.

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5. Lilac

Best fragrant cottage garden plant

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Pretty indestructible

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Good variety of colors

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Able to withstand cold climates

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Can be trained to climb or trail

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Requires shaping

Lilac bushes have an indestructible quality along with powerfully fragrant flowers, so it's a good option if your a gardening beginner.

Syringa vulgaris is the common lilac and the variety ‘Sensation’ is outstanding, with rich purple-red flowers with a distinct white edge to each petal creating a beautiful bi-color effect.

‘Carpe Diem’ is a startling new introduction with semi-double flowers opening first a delicate light blue and then fading to pinkish-mauve.

‘Madame Lemoine’, which has double white flowers, is one of the toughest varieties and able to withstand temperatures down to -20ºC. Use them as feature plants, hedging, and cut the blooms for the vase.

Along with roses, fuchsias, and wisteria, lilac can also be cleverly trained as a mini tree. Staked and carefully pruned, it will arch down in a loose, trailing curtain of leaves and flowers, making a perfect focal point in a border or container.

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6. Buddleja

Best tree-like cottage garden plant

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Attracts butterflies

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Drought tolerant

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Emits a sweet-scented aroma

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Provides good coverage

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Needs shelter from cold winds

Another shrub that works well as a mini tree is the Buddleja alternifolia, which produces slender, arching shoots clothed in silvery-grey leaves, and blooms fragrant lilac-colored flowers in early summer.

It’s often known as the butterfly bush because, throughout the summer, its blooms, typically dense flower spikes in shades of white, red, pink, blue, and maroon, attracting clouds of Fritillaries, Red Admirals, and Tortoiseshells that come to feed on its honey-sweet nectar.

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While it grows best in fertile, well-drained soil, buddleja is also very drought tolerant and will survive in some pretty tough soil conditions.

It will reach 2.4m or so, but for patio pots, there’s also the dwarf and very compact buddleja ‘Buzz’, which grows to just 90cm tall.

If you’d like something a bit different, you could also consider the sweetly scented pompom blooms of the orange ball buddleja, Buddleja globosa. It grows well in limy soil and coastal gardens if sheltered from cold winds.

Left to its own devices, it will make a massive shrub but can be pruned after flowering and shaped like a small tree.

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7. Hydrangeas

Best cottage garden shrub that comes in a variety of colors

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Huge blooms

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Long-lasting flowers

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Great for cutting

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Can be grown in patio pots or raised beds

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Soil type changes the color of the flowers

As its name suggests, mophead hydrangeas produce huge dome-shaped clusters of flowers that can stretch up to 30cm across, in blue, pink, red or white and shades in between.

They are also a good choice for coastal cottage gardens and the long-lasting flowers, which have strong straight stems, are ideal for cutting.

Mopheads bloom in early summer and the old flowers add color to autumn displays, even in gardens that see a bit of afternoon shade.

Compact mophead hortensia varieties, such as Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Altona’ are great for patio pots or raised beds where you can control the acidity of the soil.

With a hint of lime in the soil, the flowers of this variety are bright pink, but when grown in acid or ericaceous soil it will turn shades of blue.

A late-flowering shrub that will revive flagging borders is the tree hollyhock, Hibiscus ‘Blue Bird’, that produces exotic-looking, trumpet-shaped blooms up to 7.5cm across with red markings around a cream center.

It’s a good choice for partnering with dahlias and cannas to create a tropical-looking scheme in a sheltered hotspot.

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8. Potting Phygelius

Best cottage garden plant for growing in pots

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Blooms all summer long

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Drought hardy

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Grows well in pots

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Great for coastal gardens

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Severe winters will kill this plant

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Great for coastal cottage gardens and patio pots, Cape fuchsia (phygelius) is a medium-sized semi-evergreen shrub that will bloom all summer long, even in a drought.

A severe winter is likely to kill this South African native, so take precautions and raise new plants from cuttings and plant out after the risk of frost is past.

For good effect, grow Phygelius x rectus ‘Moonraker’, which has creamy yellow blooms, in a night garden alongside plants with white flowers and grey foliage, or, for when the sun shines, combine it with plants with flowers in mauve and lavender shades.

This shrub is a great gift for gardeners, as you can gift it in a pot and then they can decide whether or not to plant out in their garden or keep on the patio to enjoy year after year.

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9. Delphiniums

Best cottage garden plant for a cutting garden

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Great for a cutting garden

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Available in a variety of colors

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Easy to grow in all soil types

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Ideal for adding height to planting

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Won't grow well in shaded areas

"No summer border or perennial cut flower patch is complete without its fair share of delphiniums," says Sarah. She describes this adored cottage garden plant, also commonly known as Larkspur, as, "the most statuesque towering spires for any garden."

This tall perennial plant, ideal for beds and borders, features tall stems packed with single or double-headed flowers, that flower during the summer months.

"Delphiniums are one of the most spectacular cut flowers you can grow. Grown from seed, this is a cheap way of introducing delphiniums into your garden and vase."

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10. Eurybia x herveyi (Aster ‘Twilight’)

Best cottage garden plant for borders

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Grows freely among other plants

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Good pollinator to encourage wildlife

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Offers valuable late summer color

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Will thrive in sun or dappled shade

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Will spread if not controlled

This hardy cottage garden plant is ideal to welcome a splash of color to borders. Professional gardener Lucy Conochi, at Lucy Conochie Designs (opens in new tab) explains to woman&home, "It's an absolute must-have plant which is well-loved by garden designers, growers, and pollinating insects."

"This easy mid-height border plant will add valuable late summer color to your garden and has beautiful fluffy seed heads which can be left standing all winter," explains Lucy.

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"It is less invasive than other asters, this mildew-resistant beauty can be allowed to gently weave its way through other plants. It is very versatile and will grow in full sun to dappled shade, associating well with ferns, grasses, and flowering perennials."

FAQs

What do you put in a cottage garden? ›

The cottage garden planting style combines a romantic jumble of bulbs, annuals, perennials and flowering shrubs and climbers. In contrast to a more carefully manicured herbaceous border, a cottage garden is an informal affair – a mix of closely but informally planted brightly coloured flowers.

How do you make a cottage garden look good in the winter? ›

To create a cottage garden with winter interest, you will need plants that do not lose their leaves. Smaller trees and shrubs are perfect winter cottage garden plants. Select trees that won't shade out other plants and have interest year-round. Something that flowers and fruits is an option.

How do you build a cottage garden layout? ›

A cottage garden should be located in a sunny area, usually along a walkway towards the front entrance and embellished with a rustic-looking gate or arbor of some kind. The path leading up to the front door is normally characterized by straight lines with an abundance of flowers spilling over each side.

Do you use mulch in a cottage garden? ›

"Mulching helps maintain soil moisture levels and prevents weeds from growing," Trout says. "As organic mulch (bark, compost, or leaf mold) breaks down, it improves soil. Mulch also gives the garden a neater, more unified look."

What is a cottage garden style? ›

The cottage garden is a distinct style that uses informal design, traditional materials, dense plantings, and a mixture of ornamental and edible plants. English in origin, it depends on grace and charm rather than grandeur and formal structure.

Is a cottage garden high maintenance? ›

Every plant in a cottage garden must earn its place and be able to compete with limited resources. Due to the array of plants and flowers, they are considered high maintenance both in harvesting, deadheading and caring for such a mix of plants.

What makes an English cottage garden? ›

Charming and continually blooming in popularity, the English cottage garden aesthetic is marked by billowy ornamental grasses, jumbled perennials and shrubs, and hardscapes clustered in a way that make it seem like the roses are taking over.

What is English cottage style? ›

What is English Cottage Design? English cottage-style design blends antique and contemporary design elements to recreate the look and feel of a quaint home in the English countryside. There are many ways to implement this design style into your home, even if your home doesn't classify as a cottage.

How long does it take to grow a cottage garden? ›

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

How do I set up a cottage garden on a budget? ›

So, how do I create a cottage garden for less?
  1. Upcycle your outdoor furniture with a lick of exterior paint – we have lots of advice in our how to use salvage for garden upcycling ideas feature.
  2. Plant flowers from seed.
  3. Get creative with annuals, and invest in perennials.
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What do you put in flower beds in the winter? ›

Cover Up the Garden Beds

Add a couple inches of compost or manure on top of your beds any time before the ground freezes. Then, add a light layer of straw or mulch to prevent soil erosion, nutrient leaching, and weed development.

How do I start an English cottage garden? ›

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How do I put flowers in my front yard? ›

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What is the difference between an English garden and a cottage garden? ›

The main differences between modern cottage and formal English gardens today are typically size, scale and the professional status of their designers. The naturalistic, organic concepts of drifts of color and succession of bloom make both modern cottage and formal English gardens places of refuge and contemplation.

What is the best garden layout? ›

The most basic garden plan consists of a design with straight, long rows running north to south orientation. A north to south direction will ensure that the garden gets the best sun exposure and air circulation. A garden that runs east to west tends to get too shaded from the crops growing in the preceding row.

How can I make my front garden look nice? ›

Be inspired by our tips for designing a front garden, below.
  1. Use complementary colours.
  2. Use white to create a focal point.
  3. Hide bins with bespoke screening.
  4. Use containers to enhance paved spaces.
  5. Use topiary for a formal look.
  6. Use hanging baskets for height and colour.
  7. Use pots of different sizes.
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How do you plant cottage garden seeds? ›

One of the easiest ways to start seedlings is in containers. After the last frost date in your area, just scatter a handful of seed in a pot filled with soil. Keep it moist, and within a few days, the flower seed will begin to sprout and fill the container.

How do you build a woodland garden? ›

Establishing your woodland edge garden:
  1. Plant trees first and keep the soil around them clear while they establish.
  2. Add the shrubs, bulbs and herbaceous plants that enjoy dappled shade underneath and between the trees. ...
  3. Once the upper layer is strong and tall enough, grow some climbers into the branches.

Can you put cardboard over old mulch? ›

Why would you want to do all that the hard way? But sheet mulching does even more than that. Beneath the layers of compost materials, sheet mulches typically include a layer of cardboard to keep grass and weeds from growing through – a great way to smother unwanted vegetation or convert a sod lawn into a garden.

How can I get my garden done for free? ›

How to get a garden makeover for free?
  1. Bursts of colour. For the first garden makeover tip, carefully dig up flowers and shrubs and replant them in clusters with similar colours to maximize the impact of what you've got. ...
  2. Create a path. ...
  3. Recycle old tools. ...
  4. Decorate your walls. ...
  5. Ditch the shed. ...
  6. Swap some cuttings.
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Who is the king of flowers? ›

Rose is the king and queen of flowers. Rose is the oldest flowering plant and it is an ornamental flowering plant.

Can you plant roses and lavender together? ›

Lavender can grow well with Roses as they flower around the same time and share some growing preferences such as full sun and well draining soil. However lavenders prefer dryer soil, less water and lower soil fertility then roses so it is important to plant roses and lavenders 2-3 feet apart.

How do you plant an English country garden? ›

For an English country garden, add walkways between your lawns. They can be laid with gravel, paving, or brick and should be wide enough for two people to walk comfortably along side-by-side. Spanning a pathway you could add a garden arch covered with climbing plants – roses always look wonderful grown on arches.

How do hollyhocks grow? ›

How to grow hollyhocks
  1. Easy to grow from seed.
  2. Likes well-drained soil in full sun.
  3. Flowers from summer to autumn.
  4. Stake stems in a windy spot.
  5. Replace plants every few years.
  6. Attracts butterflies and bees.

What kind of flowers go in an English garden? ›

Popular choices for cottage style gardens include lady's mangle, foxgloves, pinks (Dianthus), peonies, hollyhocks, phlox, delphiniums, lavender, herbs, primroses and hydrangeas. Include plants that bloom at different times, so you'll have something in flower throughout the growing season.

What is a dish garden plant? ›

A dish garden is a pleasing arrangement of several different. plants in a single container. The container can be of almost any shape or size and may be made of most any material. Dish gardens are especially valuable because they can be easily placed at various vantage points throughout your home.

What are the elements of cottage style? ›

Cottage style is a cozier, softer, and more decorative take on natural rustic or farmhouse sensibilities. This could look like implementing meaningful trinkets and accessories, vintage throws or pillows, antique finishes, and other natural materials into the space.

What are the elements for a cottage style house? ›

The primary features of a cottage-style home include shingled, stucco walls, balconies, small porches, gable roofs, and bay windows. Generally, a cottage house is a one-story or 1 ½ story structure.

How long does it take to establish a garden? ›

To grow a perennial from seed or cutting to a fully established size will take 2 – 4 years depending on the plant type.

How long does it take for perennials to establish? ›

They're slow to get established, but once they do, they might well outlive you. Perennial plants' roots are established after about one year. After that, you might not ever have to water a perennial plant again if you live in an area that gets regular rainfall.

How do you make a small garden look nice? ›

Small spaces can also be made attractive with a crisp, contemporary look and strong landscaped lines. This can be achieved by creating interesting interlocking zones with distinctive materials like wood-stained decking or decorative stones, which will help you to achieve a stylish look in even the smallest of gardens.

How do you make a flower garden on a budget? ›

Here are 10 ways to garden without breaking the bank.
  1. Be on the lookout for plant swaps. ...
  2. Shop for plants in the off-season. ...
  3. Start from seeds. ...
  4. Save seeds. ...
  5. Accept cuttings from friends. ...
  6. Build a raised bed from found materials. ...
  7. Make your own soil amendments. ...
  8. Find free mulch.
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What is the best mulch for flower beds? ›

We recommend aged hardwood mulch, applied in a light layer, around your flower beds. Well-aged wood mulch is an ideal choice for flower beds, as it adds nutrients to the soil as it decomposes. Softwood mulch, usually made from pine, can add a bit too much acidity, and doesn't decompose quickly.

How can I make my garden colorful in winter? ›

A few winter containers, planted with evergreens and plants with colourful berries or flowers can brighten a dull winter day. Position them near the house so you can enjoy them easily. Discover 10 winter containers to try.

Should I cover my raised beds with plastic in winter? ›

It is important to cover your raised beds to prevent both erosion and weeds and weed seeds from coming in over winter. If leaves, grass clippings or straw are not available, cover your beds with a tarp or plastic.

How do I start a small English garden? ›

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What defines an English garden? ›

English garden, French Jardin Anglais, type of garden that developed in 18th-century England, originating as a revolt against the architectural garden, which relied on rectilinear patterns, sculpture, and the unnatural shaping of trees.

What defines a cottage garden? ›

The cottage garden is a distinct style that uses informal design, traditional materials, dense plantings, and a mixture of ornamental and edible plants. English in origin, it depends on grace and charm rather than grandeur and formal structure.

How do I set up a cottage garden on a budget? ›

So, how do I create a cottage garden for less?
  1. Upcycle your outdoor furniture with a lick of exterior paint – we have lots of advice in our how to use salvage for garden upcycling ideas feature.
  2. Plant flowers from seed.
  3. Get creative with annuals, and invest in perennials.
13 Feb 2021

What is the difference between an English garden and a cottage garden? ›

The main differences between modern cottage and formal English gardens today are typically size, scale and the professional status of their designers. The naturalistic, organic concepts of drifts of color and succession of bloom make both modern cottage and formal English gardens places of refuge and contemplation.

How long does it take to grow a cottage garden? ›

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

Who is the king of flowers? ›

Rose is the king and queen of flowers. Rose is the oldest flowering plant and it is an ornamental flowering plant.

Do you use mulch in a cottage garden? ›

"Mulching helps maintain soil moisture levels and prevents weeds from growing," Trout says. "As organic mulch (bark, compost, or leaf mold) breaks down, it improves soil. Mulch also gives the garden a neater, more unified look."

Are cottage gardens easy to maintain? ›

By learning the basics of this carefree style and using plants that thrive in your area, cottage gardens can be easy to design and to maintain.

Is a cottage garden high maintenance? ›

Every plant in a cottage garden must earn its place and be able to compete with limited resources. Due to the array of plants and flowers, they are considered high maintenance both in harvesting, deadheading and caring for such a mix of plants.

What is a low maintenance garden? ›

More on low maintenance gardening. Keep planting simple – hardy shrubs and evergreen plants are key. Shrubs are great because they're long-lived and won't need replacing every year. Evergreens such as these sedges and hellebores look good all year and drop fewer leaves than deciduous plants.

How do you make a small garden look nice? ›

Small spaces can also be made attractive with a crisp, contemporary look and strong landscaped lines. This can be achieved by creating interesting interlocking zones with distinctive materials like wood-stained decking or decorative stones, which will help you to achieve a stylish look in even the smallest of gardens.

How do you pick a shrub for landscaping? ›

Some site conditions to keep in mind when selecting landscape plants include:
  1. light availability, intensity and duration (full sun to deep shade)
  2. water availability, both quantity and quality.
  3. exposure to wind and temperature extremes.
  4. soil type, drainage, compaction.
  5. hardiness zone.
  6. competition from existing vegetation.

How do you make an Italian garden? ›

Paths, flowerbeds and shrubs should be arranged in clear geometric shapes, favouring right angles and rectangles over curves and circles. Traditionally, Italian gardens feature a promenade, or raised walkway, designed to view the entirety of the garden.

How do you plant cottage garden seeds? ›

One of the easiest ways to start seedlings is in containers. After the last frost date in your area, just scatter a handful of seed in a pot filled with soil. Keep it moist, and within a few days, the flower seed will begin to sprout and fill the container.

How do you make an English flower garden? ›

Creating an English Cottage Garden

Go for a variety of shapes. Plant feathery plants amidst spiky ones; use bold leaf plants with delicate ones. Put a sprawling plant next to an upright one. The best rule of thumb is to plant tall at the back and short in the front of your borders.

How can I get my garden done for free? ›

How to get a garden makeover for free?
  1. Bursts of colour. For the first garden makeover tip, carefully dig up flowers and shrubs and replant them in clusters with similar colours to maximize the impact of what you've got. ...
  2. Create a path. ...
  3. Recycle old tools. ...
  4. Decorate your walls. ...
  5. Ditch the shed. ...
  6. Swap some cuttings.
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