Inspiration Page – AT23 Cottage Garden

get the look: cottage garden

Traditional blooms and some new favourites too, cottage garden flowers make the perfect addition to any outdoor space, whether you’re based in the country with acres of land or looking to fill smaller beds and borders and a few planters in the bustling city


Lavender and Daisies Collection

If you put me on the spot and asked me to name two drought-tolerant, minimal TLC, long-performing, and beautiful plants to pair up at the front of a sunny border, patio, or to line a path, these two would be my first selection

focus on: foxgloves

Digitalis (foxgloves) are an essential component of the ultimate cottage garden look. These statuesque spires can help introduce essential height to your borders

Tulip 'Spring Green'

A classic green and ivory tulip which is very reliably perennial - a really long-standing cottage garden favourite

Philadelphus maculatus
'Sweet Clare'

Highly scented, delicate white flowers with blotched crimson edging that bloom well into late summer

Bumper Border Bulb Mix

We had this soft and beautiful scented mix of tulips and narcissus all around our lawn this spring and I picked and picked and picked

Hesperis matronalis var. albiflora

Pure scented white sweet rocket flowers that grow happily in sun or shade – these were a favourite of Marie Antionette

Allium sphaerocephalon

A small-headed rich, blackcurrant allium that is later-flowering than most and invaluable for it. I love it in bud, as much as in full flower, very pretty and will gently self-sow

Narcissus 'Geranium'

A wonderful multi-headed narcissus, with delicious scent and flowers that last for ages in the garden and vase

Alchemilla mollis

This acid-green, fluffy-flowered plant is one of the best ever foliage plants for the garden and vase

Delphinium elatum 'Faust'

The brightest, richest Yves Saint Laurent true-blue. You can't miss it

Geranium pratense 'Cloud Nine'

The prettiest, delicate powder-puff flowers in a soft mauve which, as a double, holds its petals longer than most hardy geraniums


Phlox paniculata 'Blue Paradise'

A beautiful blue-lilac phlox with incredible scent that attracts the butterflies and bees

Campanula poscharskyana

We love this bellflower which carpets and softens the base of our well-head here and like good-old Erigeron karvinskianus, thrives in the cracks of paths, walls and steps, with no soil

Verbascum Petra

Verbascum 'Petra'

Easy to grow, loved by pollinators, and thrives in poor soil, this is a definite contender for the perfect cottage garden flower

Rose Border Tulip Mix

This really is a collection to scatter gun through flower borders to give good value, long-lasting colour and height to enliven any rose or flower garden

Westcountry Lupin Collection

My-oh-my who doesn't want more of this kind of thing in their life – luxurious, tropical parrot plumes to knock anyone's socks off

a rosy romance

Quintessential roses

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