Cottage Garden Plants List

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A cottage garden is a unique style of garden that is created with informal design, traditional materials, dense plantations and some ornamental and edible plants. It is a very classic English style of garden and focuses more on grace and charm than a formal look. There are some plants that are mainly used as cottage garden plants.

English Lavender

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The sweet smelling lavender is omnipresent in all cottage gardens. It is sometimes difficult to grow this plant in areas with high humidity. This plant is less demanding. All it needs is full sunlight and well-draining soil. It is a tall, perennial herb that works as an excellent companion for coneflowers and black-eyed susans. It also works well with shorter flowers and herbs.

Sweet Pea

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Sweet peas are fragrant plants and generally one of the basic plants of a cottage garden. These are climbing flowers that are seen in many varieties and colors. They all have intense perfumes. These are annual plants that prefer full sunlight. They dislike hot weather and are best flowering in the early spring season. You can sow the seeds in fall if you live in hot climate and want to grow this plant. Sweet peas need trellises, but in a cottage garden, you can weave them with other shrubs or tall perennials.


These plants have a distinct vanilla perfume and these can be found in varied shades of blue, lavender and white. You can also grow them alongside yellow or pink flowers to get a colorful look. These are spring-blooming annual plants that need full to part sunlight.


These plants have blooms that last only for a single day. But they are beautiful additions to any cottage garden as they are indestructible. They love sunlight, but grow even in places with less than ideal soil quality. Daylily clumps can be divided around your cottage garden to increase the growth.


These are drought-resistant plants that add charm and vibrancy to your cottage gardens. The taller varieties of this plant grow up to 8 feet long and can easily tower the other plants. The shorter varieties top around 30 inches. These are grown as biennials or short-lived perennials in zones ranging from 3 to 8. These look beautiful when planted next to daylilies, safe and delphiniums. As these are tall plants, you need to protect them from tall winds by growing them under a garden shed or gazebo.

English Daisy

Many medieval paintings and old tapestries have tiny white flowers popping through the grass. Today’s English Daisies were bred from those plants, which were native to Europe. Today, English Daisies have larger blooms and come in single or double varieties. Their colors range from white to rose pink or red with yellow central parts. These bloomers can be combined with violas, pansies and other spring flowers. They need full sunlight to part shade for proper growth. They tolerate average soil.

These are some main ones in a cottage garden plants list.

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