How To Design A Cottage Garden

Explore cottage garden styles to discover one you like. Perennials, herbs, and climbing plants are common in English cottage gardens.

1.  Choose a Cottage Garden Style

Choose a variety of plants, including roses, lavender, delphiniums, foxgloves, and hollyhocks. Add thyme, rosemary, and sage.

2. Choose Cottage Garden Plants

Layer plants in your garden, with taller ones in the back and shorter ones in front. Adding depth and visual intrigue.

3. Layer Planting

Select a color scheme that matches your tastes and the cottage garden style. Use a range of colors and textures for a vivid look.

4. Mix colors and textures

Use climbing roses, clematis, or honeysuckle for vertical appeal. Let them climb fences, arches, and trellises.

5. Climbing plants

Create twisting trails for exploration. Create a casual, relaxed atmosphere with gravel, stepping stones, or natural materials.

6. Make Meandering Paths

To add cottage garden charm, use old garden tools, antique containers, and wrought iron furniture.

7. Use Vintage or Recycled Items

Include a birdbath, bench, or rustic arbor to grab attention and create balance in the garden.

8. Include a Focus

Grow flowers that attract bees and butterflies. Add bird feeders or baths to attract wildlife to your garden.

9. Encourage Wildlife

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