Often characterized as free-form or random in their design, cottage gardens have an informal, welcoming air about them. A cottage garden entrance may be gated with a vintage arbor overhead, vines scrambling to its top, and flanked by a picket fence on either side. Stone pathways interplanted with creeping thyme may lead the way through the garden with fun garden art entertaining you along the way.
In cottage gardens, a combination of annuals, perennials, bulbs, vines, herbs, and roses are planted close together and the garden is typically enclosed by a hedge, fence, or wall. Some of the most common cottage garden perennials include: Hollyhocks (Alcea), Delphiniums, Peonies (Paeonia), Daisies (Leucanthemum), Foxglove (Digitalis), Columbine (Aquilegia), and Lamb’s Ears (Stachys).