Cottage Garden Designs and Ideas

Cottage gardens were once a very common sight in homes around Europe and America. The gardens were often just outside of the kitchen, and provided fresh cut flowers for the dinner table. Cottage gardens are usually created in small areas, without a large space. Cottage garden designs can be created by using seedlings, or by using starters from nurseries or yard stores.

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About Cottage Gardens

Cottage gardens use an informal, yet traditional landscape design. Developing a cottage garden design means using dense plants, with both ornamental and edible plants. Common plants used in a cottage garden are:

  • Annuals and biennials: begonias, black-eyed Susans, poppies and sunflowers
  • Perennials: anemones, aster, delphinium, peonies and phlox
  • Flowering shrubs: chokeberries, lilac, forsythia
  • Flowering Climbers: jasmine, wisteria and climbing roses
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Click the banner above to access  a collection of 7,250 landscaping designs, ideas and themes for your home garden. With over 300 pages of gardening landscape guides you can use to create your own cottage garden design.

Ideas4Landscaping offers step-by-step instructions and blueprints to create over 7,000 different landscaping designs. Helen Whitfield created Ideas4Landscaping, and she offers simple, and easy to use galleries to inspire your gardening ideas. This database is composed over a thousand pictures, with more than 60 categories of landscaping topics.


Topics included in the collection are:

  • Backyards
  • Front yards
  • Gardens
  • Patios
  • Decks
  • Lawns
  • Walkways

These collections of landscape designs are perfect for novices, or seasoned landscapers looking for new ideas. You’ll quickly find ideas for your backyard and front yard living spaces. Your family and friends will be jealous of your beautiful exterior landscaping.




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