Cottage Garden Planting

When planning a flower design for a cottage garden it is important to consider also colour schemes; generally hot colours should appear towards the front of a border with pastels to the rear. The choice of plants is key to success and can consist of hardy perennials, herbs, vegetables, fruit and a few slow growing shrubs for structure.

Flowers maybe left to seed but must be done in a controlled manner to prevent the garden from looking wild. For this reason cottage gardening tends to be labour-intensive, and the garden can look dull or bare in winter as large proportion of the plants will be annuals or herbaceous.