The cottage garden became popular in England. These gardens were planted in the countryside where beauty was needed. The native plants were found and collected in the English woods and fields to be transplanted in a cottage garden. These cottage gardens become a collection of flowers that come together into a gorgeous flower garden.
Pretty pink pasque flowers are a smaller native flower that grows well in dry soil. They are pretty and nice to have in a garden but the flower itself is short lived. It can add a beautiful brilliance to a native cottage garden.
The purple dwarf spider wort goes well with other bulbs in a cottage garden. They add a brilliant purple color and they can thrive and spread when cared for properly.
Butterflies add color and movement to a garden so it is nice to have a few flowers that will attract them to your garden. The prairie blazing star makes summer flowers that will attract the butterflies into your garden. They are resistant to drought and will spread into more plants every year.
Monarch butterflies are attracted to milkweed. Plant some milkweed toward the back of your garden to help attract the monarch butterfly. The milkweed is a taller plant that produces flowers that are actually a bunch of flowers together to create a larger looking flower.
In the very back of the garden the Joe Pye weed is a good choice. This flowering plant can reach a height of seven feet. It can crowd out other plants so you need to keep and eye on how it spreads. Make sure to give this plant plenty of room to grow and spread in the garden.
Cottage gardens can also have herbs and green plants that do not flower in them. Fill you cottage garden with plants that have special meaning to you like hollyhocks, sweet peas and alyssums.
A cottage garden can be made up of perennial plants that will grow and spread over time. Plant the shorter plants to the front and the taller or larger plants toward the back. Rocks can add decoration to your garden and a path made of stones or bricks can be an inviting addition. A bench or place to sit will make your garden inviting. Once it is planted the cottage garden is easy to care for. You will need to weed it and mulch the plants to keep them healthy and weed free. Basically plant what you like and where you like it.