Its not a cottage garden without....

sanitycheck(Mi5)June 25, 2011

I seen this idea from a 2005 posting. Its time to run it again.

In my case it must have columbine, morning glorys... heavenly blue, foxglove and cleome. I could go on and on but wont, anyone else?

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cardwellave

Hollyhock, shasta daisy, black eyed susan.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2011 at 10:39PM
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cindysunshine(5b)

Oh. my peonies, Siberian iris, self sowing things that pop up like cleome, nicotiana, cosmos, lilies, columbine. Roses, phlox. I will stop!

    Bookmark   June 25, 2011 at 11:02PM
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sprout_wi(z4 WI)

Hostas, ferns, Bleeding hearts, Lily of the Valley...

    Bookmark   June 26, 2011 at 12:23AM
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on_greenthumb

Sunny Side: Roses, Phlox, Black Eyed Susans and Climbers....

Shady Side: Ferns, Columbine, Geraniums & Lady`s Mantle....

    Bookmark   June 26, 2011 at 8:49AM
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sanitycheck(Mi5)

Ok today its larkspur cosmos snapdragons and sunflowers....lol.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2011 at 9:57AM
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wren-garden(zone 5b/6)

Roses, Columbine, Iris, Hollyhock, Rosemary, Lambs ears, Mint, Clematis, Sage, Hosta, Phlox, Morning Glory, Hardy Geraniums.......Trellis, paths, pillars, bench and a bit of stone somewhere. Layers and layers. More more more! Ooops got a little lost there, lol.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2011 at 10:13AM
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aftermidnight Zone7b B.C. Canada

When I think cottage, foxgloves, canterbury bells, hollyhocks, roses, delphiniums, pinks, lavender and sweet peas are the first flowers that come to mind.

Annette

    Bookmark   June 26, 2011 at 10:24AM
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cyn427(z7aN. VA)

Yes.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2011 at 11:04AM
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aftermidnight Zone7b B.C. Canada

Three more, peonies nasturtiums and larkspur.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2011 at 11:47AM
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sanitycheck(Mi5)

Window boxs, hardscape and a climbing rose.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2011 at 1:22PM
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luckygal(3b)

As well as what's already been mentioned: Jacob's Ladder, lilacs, peony poppies, pink/red yarrow, monkshood, fleabane, forget-me-not, herbs (parsley, rosemary, chives, sage, oregano, etc.), Walker's Low catmint, speedwells, dianthus, perennial blue flax.

Infrastructure - no straight lines and pretty garden decor.

Thanks for the thread, I'm making a list!

    Bookmark   June 26, 2011 at 3:24PM
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ginny12

The plant that meant cottage garden more than any other in our grandmas' gardens was hollyhocks. Still true.

And my personal choice is for a kitty cat sleeping on a step or patroling the paths.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2011 at 7:58PM
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rafor

All of the above! And my Mom just cut the first sweet peas today. I plant them every year for her. I also just got some perennial sweet peas to try. Hope they work!

    Bookmark   June 26, 2011 at 8:38PM
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onederw

We in southern California sometimes have to "cottage up" with substitutes for some of your favorites. For shade, bleeding hearts and lily of the valley just don't prosper in our heat. Even hostas and heucheras struggle, which is why God invented impatiens and coleus, I think. Delphiniums are short-lived here, but to me they are one of the backbones of the spring garden, along with foxgloves, giving way to cleomes as we head into summer. Gaillardias just keep blooming all summer long. Scabiosas, in particular scabiosa fama, are essential. Shasta daisies, of course, especially Ice Star. And tall bearded irises, even though they're here and gone in a heartbeat. Any shade of blue is preferable.

Kay

PS: And yes, one more vote of support for a cat-in-residence.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2011 at 8:53PM
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sanitycheck(Mi5)

The last two years i have used coleus and really liked the way it looks, so many pretty ones out there.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2011 at 9:24PM
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deanna_in_nh(5a/4b)

My cottage plants are still in progress and agree with these posts. I do, however, like the chickens in my garden even though they sometimes get a little scratch-happy. I've had very little damage, though, and haven't seen any 6-legged pests.

Cats are also great not just because they're cute, but they sure do help with the moles and voles.

My garden won't really be cottage until I've gotten my herb beds in.

Also, I love my stone walkways and wooden arbor. The previous owner made the arbor out of saplings, very primitive and beautiful, and an ice storm this year finally did it in. Time to cut some more saplings.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2011 at 11:49PM
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squirejohn zone4 VT

Top of the list would have to be hollyhocks.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2011 at 5:26AM
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lavender_lass(4b)

Shrub roses! With lilacs, peonies, lavender, bee balm, columbine, stock, alyssum, cosmos, daisies, pansies, butterfly bushes and coneflowers. Definitely a little seating area to enjoy the garden, with one chair for me and one for kitty :)

Oh, and lots of clematis to climb the arches and arbors!

    Bookmark   June 27, 2011 at 8:33AM
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marynj(7)

Lantana, bee balm, lavender, African blue basil (new in our garden this year), yarrow, columbine, morning glory, and balloon flower.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2011 at 11:45AM
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maozamom NE Ohio

No roses or hollyhock because of Japanese Beetles. No luck with foxgloves. Cottage gardens aren't about any certain plants, they're about a relaxed, comfortable style.

mao

    Bookmark   June 27, 2011 at 1:22PM
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oliveoyl3

To me it's more of the full informal spilling over look with towering flower stalks & mounding fillers. Fragrant plants of any type are the icing on the cake. Bumblebees, butterflies, birds, birdbath, chair & table nearby to sit & enjoy...

I don't have full sun cottage beds, so experimenting with what I can get to bloom & grow well in my part shade, modified Mediterranean climate (wet win/dry sum). If it can take some shade I'll try it!

Spikes of dame's rocket, Filipendula rubra, foxglove, columbine, nepeta, daylily, Siberian iris, ornamental grasses, Astilbe, ferns (mostly natives of lady & evergreen sword) Asiatic & Oriental lilies, ...

Mounds of foliage with flower spikes of bellflower, hardy geraniums, 'London Pride' saxifraga foliage, hosta, viola, flowering shrubs (including natives), Shasta Daisy, lungwort, heuchera, corydalis lutea, Celandine poppy, forget me not, hardy fuchsia,...

Spillers: ajuga, golden creeping jenny, lamium, climbing plants like sweet peas & clematis, ...

I have golden hops, ornamental kiwi, & silvervein creeper still in the large pots in their location deciding if the lighting is enough to keep them happy & will be planting them out soon.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2011 at 1:54PM
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frogview00

maturity. If it doesn't look established and "old", it is just a bed of plants.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2011 at 1:56PM
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arcticiris(1)

Veggies mixed in. A working cottage garden is the most beautiful way to get your greens.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2011 at 5:02PM
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lynnencfan(7b/8aNC)

all of the above and most of all the happy reseeders that result in an every changing garden full of wonderment and plenty of places to sit down and enjoy

hollyhocks are my all time favorite cottage garden flower but sadly I am having to eliminate from my garden due to rust - it is horrendous :( ....

Lynne

    Bookmark   June 27, 2011 at 5:56PM
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mehearty(So ME z5a)

Ditto to what's written, plus an old, weathered rocking chair on the front porch. Today after working in the garden in the heat, I sat down, rocked a bit and looked at everything. That's what gardening's all about right there.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2011 at 8:01PM
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sanitycheck(Mi5)

I had one of those soft apricot poppys show up today, didnt even know she was there...sigh

    Bookmark   June 27, 2011 at 8:02PM
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sanitycheck(Mi5)

Ahhhhh, grandkids playing in the sprinkler. What a nice addition.

    Bookmark   June 29, 2011 at 12:39PM
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lynnencfan(7b/8aNC)

sanitycheck - you mean like this :)

granddaughter and grand nieces on Easter Day

    Bookmark   June 29, 2011 at 2:14PM
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sanitycheck(Mi5)

Now thats what im talking about, lol. They are precious Lynne.

    Bookmark   June 29, 2011 at 9:14PM
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Calamity_J(z7bc)

Lynne: You have Perfection!!! Pic really do say a 1000 words! (Love the fencing too, that screams cottage garden to me!)

    Bookmark   July 2, 2011 at 1:20AM
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gardenweed_z6a

Adorable!! I especially like the gate that looks as though it's never been closed, as if to say, "Welcome...please step in and enjoy the flowers."

    Bookmark   July 2, 2011 at 3:42AM
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gramma_jan_mn_zn_4

....good friends and bird houses and feeders. Oh and a place to sit and rest and enjoy it all. Is it any wonder our gardens are so full?
gramma jan

    Bookmark   July 2, 2011 at 10:37PM
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natalie4b(7b GA)

A cat walking slowly down the garden paths, and taking care of chipmunks, squirrels and rabbits.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2011 at 9:04AM
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sweetannie4u(midOK_z6b/7a)

Love all your posts and I concur wholeheartedly!

Deanna,
My hens not only eat bugs, they also eat small rodents and snakes too. And their eggs are selling well - gives me a little spending money to buy more plants! :P
They do scratch out the mulch a bit, but all I have to do is push it back with my foot. They are Walking Fertilizers too.
~Annie

    Bookmark   July 7, 2011 at 2:39PM
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oldgardener_2009(8b)

I agree with hollyhocks, and I wish I knew what happened to mine...they disappeared. I suspect DH thought they were weeds at some point and did away with them.

Also roses and delphiniums are must-haves.

A white picket fence is nice too. :)

    Bookmark   July 7, 2011 at 6:30PM
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oklahomarose(USDA 6b)

These posts are wonderful....

Yes to it all! Especially the snoozing cats and picket fences. I'm building my own stone wall with the most gorgeous chunks of grey stone. Benches are nice. I love long, leggy plants. By force of will, I manage to keep foxglove going.

Also, might I add, a greenhouse? I have a hobby house made of heavy plastic, and I'm saving for the real thing...

    Bookmark   July 9, 2011 at 4:23PM
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sanitycheck(Mi5)

I must admit im spoiled with a small greenhouse. Todays faves are cosmos!

    Bookmark   July 9, 2011 at 4:44PM
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luvgardening_ma

I agree with all of you. The more plants the better. A few more would be nigella, agastache,verbena bonsariensis and the alyssum that re-seeds along my walkway. Have to also agreen to the kitty. My two are always hiding somewhere. I have had the same problem with rust on the holly hocks. Try again in another spot. It has worked for me.
Marlene

    Bookmark   July 9, 2011 at 7:34PM
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