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Cottage Garden in Southern California?

Posted by ddoud none (My Page) on
Mon, Aug 13, 12 at 1:35

I am new to San Diego (Zone 23-24) and have purchased a home that has beds along the periphery of the back yard. In Chicago I had wonderful cottage gardens and enjoy having cut flowers in the house. Obviously it is different gardening here, but suggestions for what plants would be included in a Zone 6 cutting/cottage garden that also grow here? Or further suggestions of things that grow here that I couldn't use in Chicago?

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RE: Cottage Garden in Southern California?

I love cottage gardens. The list of possible plants for a garden in San Diego is vast. Below are a few plant ideas that may help you get started on your cottage garden design. Some of the names are likely old friends from your Chicago garden, others may be unfamiliar.

Agapanthus, agastache, asclepias, achillea, alstroemeria, alyssum, anemone, aquilegia, anigozanthos, armeria, artemisia, bletilla, buddleja, bergenia, canna, crocosmia, campanula, Coreopsis grandifolia, clematis, coleus, cosmos, daylilies, dahlias, dietes, dianthus, echium, euphorbia, festuca, freesia, fuchsia, foxglove, geum, geranium (true), gaura, gazania, gladiolus, gaillardia, heuchera, iris (bearded), kniphofia, kalanchoe, lavender, lantana, lobelia, limonium, lotus (L. berthelotii), liriope, malva, phormium, passiflora, phygelius, penstemon, physostegia, pelargonium, pentas, rehmannia, rudbeckia, rosemary, salvia, sedum, snapdragons, Shasta daises, stachys, trachelium, thyme, verbena, voila and zinnia.

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