An Abundance of Cottage-Style Gardens

A profusion of plants disguises the underlying geometry of cottage garden style. Repetitive plants, colors and hedging meet sprawling foliage and flowers to invoke a sense of discovery, curiosity and mystery within a well-ordered border.

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Late Summer Color Embraces Cottage Garden DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Sunshine and Flowers

The late-summer colors of dahlias and cosmos ramble through shrubs, splashing their warm tints close to a secretive sitting nook and disguising the path to reach it.

Purple Flowered Lavender Mixes with Vivid Cabbage DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Decorative Food Crops

Purple-flowered lavender echoes the vivid cabbage leaves in this garden. The lively mix of produce and ornamental planting is typical of the cottage garden style.

Rustic Seat Amid Rambling Rose in Cottage Garden DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Corner for Reflection

A old rustic seat, surrounded by soft drifts of pink perennials and a delicate white rambling rose, provides a quiet place for rest and contemplation.

Rose Covered Pergola Provides Height and Enclosure DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Framing Vistas and Views

This rose-covered pergola provides height and enclosure, as well as rich color and perfume. Use various structures to define the entrances linking different spaces.

Low Box Hedging Contains Border Plantings DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Simple Restraint

Low box hedging contains the unstructured border planting of poppies, salvia and foxgloves,a technique appropriate for front yards, where greater order may be required.

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