19 Dreamy Cottage Gardens
These cozy backyards are the stuff of fairy tales.
When I was in third grade, my aunt bought me a Thomas Kinkade puzzle of a riverside cottage surrounded by a sunlit garden. I probably worked and reworked that puzzle 100 times — or at least until the printed paper started to curl up from the edges of the pieces. That's when my obsession with cottage gardens began.
These days, my childhood fascination hasn't waned, and I often find myself wishing I was sipping coffee and reading a book in one of those Kinkadian havens. (Probably because I live in a second-story apartment with a 3' x 7' balcony.) So, until I get a place of my own, I'll be drooling over dreamy cottage gardens. Keep scrolling to see some of my favorites.
Designer Andrew Grossman carved this charming little pond out of lovely lilacs, water hyacinth and other pond-friendly plants. All that's missing is Christopher Robin with his fishing pole.
Bed Head Backyard
A Cottage Garden's Colorful Planting Palette
The flowering plants are primarily pink, white, yellow and blue, a soft palette that complements the natural shingles of the home. Flowering shrubs, roses, perennials, annuals and spring bulbs ensure that the garden is in bloom from March until late fall. Plants like iris, alliums, echinacea, roses and foxglove emphasize the cottage style of this colorful garden.
You know those people that wake up looking effortlessly beautiful? This backyard is them in garden form.
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A Charming Country Home with Cottage Garden
A one hundred and sixty year old cape-style house is surrounded by a charming cottage-style garden. Natural style landscaping compliments the look with climbing roses, catmint and alliums.
Same backyard, different view. I love how the climbing roses and rope fence frame the entryway.
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Lush Window Boxes
No room or time for a full-fledged garden? Hack the cottage look by filling a few barnwood window planters with fluffy cabbage, dusty miller, purple pansies and trailing ivy.
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Yellow Roses + White Picket Fences
Beautiful is an understatement. These yellow David Austin roses have me daydreaming of summer afternoons in Martha's Vineyard.
Imagine curling up to read a book on this sweet bench at the end of a wisteria-lined path.
Fairy Tale Folly
This cozy garden gazebo is right at home in a bed of lush roses, begonia and ornamental grasses.
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This dreamy field of blooms is totally reminiscent of Tom Hanks' and Meg Ryan's iconic meet-up at the end of You've Got Mail.
Cottage Curb Appeal
Looking for an easy curb appeal trick? Plant colorful, bushy blooms and fragrant climbing roses along the outside and inside of your fence line.
Front Porch Sitting
Who said a cottage garden was restricted to the flower bed?
The Secret Garden
I imagine Frances Hodgson Burnett would approve of this rose-clad walkway.
An Avian Refuge
If I were a bird, I'd totally live in this field of daisies and lilies.
Even though it isn't technically a garden, this greenery-bowered passageway is giving me all the cottage feels.
Cottage Garden With Flagstone Walkway
For her own front yard, designer Margie Grace of Grace Design Associates Inc. matched the hardscape to her home's architectural syle for a cozy cottage garden. To keep the yard low maintenance she laid a large patio using Arizona flagstones, then filled the rest of the space with lush flower beds. A reclaimed concrete bowl is transformed into a water feature that brings the sound of rain to the garden.
I could spend all day admiring how Grace Design Associates paired mounds of white climbing roses with plant-lined Arizona flagstones.
Hardscape + Landscape
Bucolic Outdoor Space with Masonry and Stone Pavers
Using stone pavers and extending the stone wall into the landscape helps embrace the natural beauty of the landscape.
This outdoor space has the best of both worlds: a little bit of garden and a little bit of entertaining space. I'd love to cozy up to that fire pit, too.
Lawn Chairs in Woods With Green Pillows
Sit long enough in these humble wood chairs and the gnomes and fairies may come out to play. The green accent pillows blend perfectly with the lush forest surroundings.
If you spend enough time in this lush green space, you may spot a fairy or two lurking about.
Brick Pavilion With Wisteria Framed Peaks, Garden and Weathered Gate
The weathered-finish gate serves both an aesthetic and functional purpose to the space. It creates a dramatic focal point as well as a practical entrance for staging of events. Wisteria frames the peaks of the pavilion, giving it a storybook quality that fits well with the beautiful flower garden and the structure's cottage feel. In an effort to maintain a seamless span, the wooden beams used in the timber frame we hollowed out and reinforced with steel.
Kenny Collins, The Collins Group, Inc.
Want to make your brand-new outdoor structure look like it's been there for ages? Just frame it with some wisteria.
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Pride and Prejudice
A Colorful Seaside Garden Frames a Cedar Shingled Home
The coastal, pastoral feel of this seaside garden is emphasized with the soft palette of purple and white plants. Lavender and daisies are combined to create a graceful garden against the grey tones of the weathered stone and wood.
Am I the only one getting major Elizabeth Bennet vibes from this English-inspired garden?
A Fairy-Tale Setting
Although it looks like it was plucked right out of a princess movie, this charming abode is actually located in suburban Atlanta. Raise your hand if you'd totally live here. (Raises both arms!)