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Top 20 Flowers for a Cottage Garden

The beauty of a cottage garden transports you to a bygone era with its old fashioned flowers and classic charm. Flowers abound with endless blooms in a sprawling, haphazard manor that makes you wonder if they all happened there by chance.

While traditional English gardens may look effortless, they require deliberate planning to achieve year round color and visual interest. Place taller plants like sunflowers and hollyhocks to act as a backdrop with a cascade of heights down to smaller flowers like baby’s breath and pansies up front. Plants must be chosen to provide blooms in every season, from colorful spring bulbs and peonies, to eye catching phlox, coneflowers and daisies in the summer, to rich fall tones of sedum and hydrangea.

With height, bloom time and color in mind, you can create an enchanting cottage garden with ease. Your hard work will be repaid with a low maintenance masterpiece you can enjoy year after year. Plus your vegetable garden will thank you for all the added pollination it receives from the bees and butterflies that flock to your flowers.

1. Hollyhocks

Bloom Time: 4-12 weeks, midsummer to early fall

Height: 6’

Spacing: 18”

Lifecycle: Biennial, they will reseed to self-sow

2. Foxglove

Bloom Time: 4-6 weeks, early to midsummer

Height: 2’-5’

Spacing: 15”-18”

Lifecycle: Biennial, they will reseed to self-sow

3. Hydrangea

Bloom Time: 8-12 weeks, midsummer to early fall

Height: 3’-15’

Spacing: 3’-10’

Lifecycle: Perennial

4. Peony

Bloom Time: 1-3 weeks, mid spring to early summer

Height: 3’-6’

Spacing: 2’-4’

Lifecycle: Perennial

5. Purple Coneflower

Bloom Time: 12-16 weeks, midsummer to mid fall

Height: 2’-4’

Spacing: 18”-24”

Lifecycle: Perennial

6. Daisies

Bloom Time: 12-16 weeks, early spring to late fall

Height: 2’-3’

Spacing: 12”-24”

Lifecycle: Perennial

7. Black Eyed Susan

Bloom Time: 12-16 weeks, early summer to late fall

Height: 2’-3’

Spacing: 24”

Lifecycle: Perennial

8. Baby’s Breath

Bloom Time: 4-6 weeks, midsummer

Height: 18”-30”

Spacing: 9”-13”

Lifecycle: Perennial and annual varieties

9. Yarrow

Bloom Time: 12-16 weeks, late spring to mid fall

Height: 2’-4’

Spacing: 12”-24”

Lifecycle: Perennial

10. Sunflowers

Bloom Time: 8-12 weeks, midsummer to mid fall

Height: 6’-15’

Spacing: 18”-24”

Lifecycle: Annual, they will reseed to self-sow

11. Pansies

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Spacing:

Lifecycle: Annual, biennial, or perennial varieties, they will reseed to self-sow

12. Lamb’s Ear

Bloom Time: 2-4 weeks, early to midsummer

Height: 18”

Spacing: 18”-30”

Lifecycle: Perennial

13. Rose

Bloom Time: 6-8 weeks, mid spring to mid fall

Height: 6”-6’

Spacing: 2’-3’

Lifecycle: Perennial

14. Sedum

Bloom Time: 6-8 weeks, early summer to late fall

Height: 1’-3’

Spacing: 12”-24”

Lifecycle: Perennial

15. Poppies

Bloom Time: 4-6 weeks, midsummer to mid fall

Height: 6”-3’

Spacing: 6”-9”

Lifecycle: Annual and perennial varieties, they will reseed to self-sow

16. Garden Phlox

Bloom Time: 6-8 weeks, midsummer to early fall

Height: 2’-4’

Spacing: 18”-24”

Lifecycle: Perennial

17. Daffodils

Bloom Time: 6-12 weeks, late winter to late spring

Height: 4”-20”

Spacing: 3”-6”

Lifecycle: Perennial

18. Crocus

Bloom Time: 2-5 weeks, late winter to early spring

Height: 3”-6”

Spacing: 3”-6”

Lifecycle: Perennial

19. Hyacinth

Bloom Time: 2-3 weeks, early to mid spring

Height: 6”-12”

Spacing: 6”-9”

Lifecycle: Perennial

20. Tulips

Bloom Time: 2-4 weeks, mid to late spring

Height: 8”-18”

Spacing: 3”-6”

Lifecycle: Perennial

Honorable Mention

It is so hard to stop after only mentioning 20 flowers! To round out your cottage garden, fill in with these lovely additions that didn’t make the top 20:

What’s your favorite cottage garden flower? Mine are Hollyhocks, just gorgeous! Let me know in the comments below. Don’t forget to follow the blog to receive an email when I publish new posts!

6 thoughts on “Top 20 Flowers for a Cottage Garden”

    1. I have most of these planted as well as seeds, so come on over and I’ll split some up for you!

  1. I love peonies! Nothing heralds the arrival of summer quite like them. I love hollyhocks, too, but they don’t love me as I am highly allergic; I call it “getting hocked.”

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