How to Create a Cottage Garden

Last Updated on 08/03/2021 by Shannen Godwin

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

A pretty perennial shrub 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.

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! These bright, colourful floral spikes 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.

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