Cottage Garden Plants

The best plants for a cottage garden are simple varieties that haven't been highly bred. Plants such as anemones and golden marguerite create loose arrangements, while the tall spires of lupines and hollyhocks provide structure.

Photo By: DK - How to Grow Practically Everything ©2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - How to Grow Practically Everything ©2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - How to Grow Practically Everything ©2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - How to Grow Practically Everything ©2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - How to Grow Practically Everything ©2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - How to Grow Practically Everything ©2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - How to Grow Practically Everything ©2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - How to Grow Practically Everything ©2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - How to Grow Practically Everything ©2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - How to Grow Practically Everything ©2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - How to Grow Practically Everything ©2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Monkshood (Aconitum carmichaelii), Arendsii Group

Mature size: 4 feet tall, 12 inches wide. Ideal growing conditions: full sun to part shade; moist, well-drained soil

Golden marguerite (Anthemis tinctoria) 'E.C. Buxton'

Mature size: 2 feet tall, 3 feet wide. Ideal growing conditions: full sun, well-drained soil

Western columbine (Aquilegia formosa)

Mature size: 2 feet tall, 18 inches wide. Ideal growing conditions: full sun to part shade, moist soil

Coreopsis 'Moonbeam'

Mature size: 20 inches tall, 24 inches wide. Ideal growing conditions: full sun to part shade, well-drained soil

Ornamental thistle (Cirsium rivulare) 'Atropurpureum'

Mature size: 4 feet tall, 2 feet wide. Ideal growing conditions: full sun; moist, well-drained soil

Bleeding heart 'Alba'

Mature size: 4 feet tall and 18 inches wide. Ideal growing conditions: part shade, moist soil

Anemone hupehensis 'Hadspen Abundance'

Mature size: 2 feet tall, 16 inches wide. Ideal growing conditions: full sun to part shade, moist soil

Meadow cranesbill (Geranium pratense) 'Mrs. Kendall Clark'

Mature size: 2 feet tall and wide. Ideal growing conditions: full sun to part shade; moist, well-drained soil

Lupin (Lupinus) 'Inverewe Red'

Mature size: 3 feet tall, 2 feet wide. Ideal growing conditions: full sun to part shade, well-drained soil

Hollyhock (Alcea rosea), Chater's Double Group

Mature size: 8 feet tall and 2 feet wide. Ideal growing conditions: full sun, well-drained soil

Masterwort (Astrantia major)

Mature size: 3 feet tall, 18 inches wide. Ideal growing conditions: full sun to part shade, moist soil

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