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.

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  • monkshood is a cottage style perennial

    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 is a cottage style perennial

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

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

  • aquilegia formosa is a cottage style perennial

    Western columbine (Aquilegia formosa)

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

  • moonbeam is a cottage style perennial

    Coreopsis 'Moonbeam'

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

  • cirsium rivulare is a cottage style perennial

    Ornamental thistle (Cirsium rivulare) 'Atropurpureum'

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

  • bleeding heart is a cottage style perennial

    Bleeding heart 'Alba'

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

  • anemones are a cottage style perennial

    Anemone hupehensis 'Hadspen Abundance'

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

  • meadow cranesbill is a cottage style perennial

    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 red is a cottage style perennial

    Lupin (Lupinus) 'Inverewe Red'

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

  • hollyhocks are a cottage style perennial

    Hollyhock (Alcea rosea), Chater's Double Group

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

  • astrantia major is a cottage style perennial

    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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