How to Create a Cottage Garden

Posted by Shannen Godwin on 17th Jun 2021

How to Create a Cottage Garden

Mesmerising and enchanting, the wild yet simple beauty of cottage gardens have been loved by British gardeners for decades. The cottage garden look is all about unstructured borders, bright and bold colours, and delicately scented blooms. To kick off your own cottage style designs, here are our favourite plants for creating your very own traditional English cottage garden.

Peonies

Peonies are pretty perennial shrubs that products classic, frilly blooms from late spring in the garden.

Gladioli

Tall, statuesque blooms that will take centre stage of any beds or garden borders. Blooming from late spring and available in an array of stunning colours, Gladioli are a must-have for any cottage display.

Dianthus

The perfect cut flowers. Dianthus (or Pinks) are one of the most traditional cottage garden plants. These long-lasting colour flowers are perfect for borders.

Lupins

A pollinator favourite! The bright, colourful floral spikes on Lupins will bring bees and butterflies flooding to your garden.

Roses

Aromatic, beautiful and versatile, there's nothing quite like Roses. These striking shrubs are perfect for growing as a feature shrub, at the back of a border, and they also make great hedging plants.

Hydrangeas

The clustered blooms of Hydrangeas are unmatched in beauty. These large, spherical flowers are perfect for the back of the border.