Cottage Garden Plants

Cottage garden plants are a cheery reminder of our childhood. The wonderful eclectic mix of colours all work harmoniously in the cottage garden. It would be hard to imagine an English cottage without the floral jumble of plants to welcome you.

Cottage plants would have been mostly herbs and vegetables in old cottage gardens. The cottager worked hard all day and the only the most productive plants would do. Herbs were used for medicinal purposes, for flavouring food and for their aroma. The vegetables from the garden gave extra nourishment for the family. They had little time for growing flowers.

Flowering herbs would be grown first then later flowering plants would be introduced. Flowering plants were chosen only if they did not need too much attention. They had to be hardy, attractive, and be able to grow without much fuss and attention. Flowering plants that self sow are very welcome in the English cottage garden.

The best type of plants are herbaceous plants. In the past flowering plants would have been passed along by the gardener at the manor house then by the cottager to another neighbouring cottager.

The cottager used simple gardening techniques to keep the cottage garden low maintenance and always worked with nature when preparing the soil and gardening.

This chapter is dedicated to the plants found in the cottage garden. In here you will find information about the plants and flowers, herbs, vegetables and fruit found in the traditional English cottage garden.

Cottage garden flowers

‘Take thy plastic spade, It is thy pencil;Take thy seeds, thy plants, They are thy colours.’

William Mason “The English Garden”


Cottage Garden Plants Index


Biennial Plants: Cottage favourites

Annual Plants: Cottage favourites

Perennials: Cottage favourites

Bulbs: Cottage favourites

Roses: The Queen of the cottage garden.

Shrubs: Cottage favourites.

Trees: The trees you may find in an English cottage garden.

Climbing Plants and Vines: No English cottage should be without these plants.

Bee Plants: Attract wildlife into your cottage garden.

Butterfly Garden Plants: Attract butterfly's into your cottage garden.

ECL Growing Guides…Cottage Favourites.

Growing Flowers: Growing guide for each cottage garden flower.

Growing Herbs: Growing guide for each cottage garden herb.

Growing Vegetables: Growing guide for each cottage garden vegetable.

Growing Fruit: Growing guide for each cottage garden soft fruit.

Growing Fruit Trees: Growing guide for each cottage garden fruit tree.

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