Cottage Garden Favourites


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The cottage garden originates from as long ago as the Tudor era, where British peasants would create small patches of green spaces around their homes.With limited time and resources, these would consist of vegetable, herb and fruit gardens. Over time, 'prettiness' emerged within cottage gardens with the introduction of foliage and flowers that were influenced by moral reformists and Victorian artworks.

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Today, the cottage garden is the embodiment of a quintessentially quaint solstice that conjures up a picturesque image of colour combinations and shades, alongside a mixture of undulating structures and plumy textures.

These effortless and timeless formations of blooms complement each other, and its informal appearance is a deceptive quality of genius for gardeners that carefully design these flamboyant riotous borders and flower beds.
    
I have compiled a mini list of plants that will make an ideal addition to your own cottage garden:



Rose 


Suggestion: 
Rosa Queen Elizabeth

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No cottage garden is complete without the addition of a voluptuous and stunning rose. 
Trail your rose plants up trees, walls or trellis, entwined amongst a clematis. Alternatively plant within your flower beds and borders alongside Lupins and Geraniums. 
  



Foxglove (Digitalis)


Suggestion: 
Digitalis purpurea alba 

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Foxglove (Digitalis) is renowned for being the typical 'poster plants' of the classic cottage garden,  providing much needed height and structure amongst your jostling borders. 

To enhance this style further, Foxgloves are best accompanied by plants that will froth amongst the majestic stems such as hardy geraniums.




Lavender
        
Suggestion:
Lavender angustifolia Hidcote (AGM)

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Lavender is an intensely fragrant plant that lends itself to the edge of a pathway and the front of a border, radiating a heavenly scent whilst intensifying the romanticism and dreamy reverie of the classic cottage garden style. 

They are perfect when combined with other aromatic classics such as Rosemary and Salvia.






Lupins

Suggestion:
Lupin Desert Sun


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Lupins are considered an essential addition to any sized cottage garden and provide fantastic and majestic height to the back of your borders. 

A diverse variety of colours will give you a large spectrum to choose from when considering which matches best with companion plants. 

Combine your Lupins with anemone or asters to produce a truly bold and colourful patch. 

                                            

Delphinium

Suggestion:
Delphinium Highlander Morning Sunrise

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Bold and beautiful textured plants with impressively large blooms will add to the structural definition amongst the back of your borders and beds, reminiscent of a skyscraper, keeping watch over the rest of your blooms. 

A variance of colour will enable you to match your plant with your chosen colour scheme.

Low growing plants that will complement your Delphiniums include peonies, iris, or leucanthemum. 



Hollyhock (Alcea)

Suggestion:
Alcea Peaches and Dreams 
                      
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Hollyhocks (Alcea) have been a staple within cottage gardens for centuries and provide the perfect visionary of tousled blooms, amongst a mass of sporadic and effortless formed foliage.

Combine your Hollyhocks with hardy geraniums and stately plants such as lupins and delphiniums. 





Sweet pea (Lathyrus Odoratus)

Suggestion:
Lathyrus Odoratus Spencer Type Blue Velvet

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Not only are these plants a cottage garden classic, but they are incredibly versatile, enabling you to plant them in beds and borders or trained through plant supports and upon walls and features. 

Radiating a gorgeously sweet scent, you can combine these plants with other cottage garden climbers such as wisteria or bedding plants such as dahlia and cosmos.





Have you had a cottage garden in the past? Or are you planning on creating one?

Let me know your progress by sharing your photos and experiences.

becky@hayloftplants.co.uk 


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