The previous article was about how to design a cottage garden, so I thought I’d go ahead and introduce some of those flowers I mentioned.
Cottage gardens are fun to create and beautiful to look at. I would like to think that many of my fellow gardeners more or less agree with that.
It’s a blooming riot of color that produces fragrance and feeds pollinators while improving the appearance of the landscape.
A successful cottage garden has something in bloom from early spring until the first frost of autumn.
Plant some of these blooming summer flowers in your cottage garden for a riot of color all summer.
Granny’s Bonnet (Aquilegia vulgaris)
Delicate-looking perennial plant that produces blooms shaped like a bonnet.
Also known as the Columbine, Granny’s Bonnet will be between 1-3 feet (30 – 90 cm) tall and grows well in partial shade.
Adaptable to most soil conditions and is self-seeding. To prevent Granny’s Bonnet from self-seeding, just remove spent flowers. These make good cut flowers, attract hummingbirds and deer usually leave them alone.
Colorful, easy to grow flower that thrives in sunlight and well-draining soil.
Remove spent blooms to encourage more blooms. Geraniums won’t survive in cold weather, but can be over-wintered indoors as a houseplant, then placed outdoors in the spring.
Pinks can be annuals, perennials or biennial, depending on the variety planted. All are hardy and make a colorful addition to a cottage garden.
Also known as Sweet Williams, Pinks have a spicy fragrance that smells a lot like cloves.
Plants create low mounds that are 6-12 inches (15 – 30 cm) tall. Plant pinks in an area where they will receive at least 6 hours of sunlight per day.
This is a tall growing annual plant that produces stalks of blooms in vivid purple.
Plants can grow to be 6 feet (1.8m) in height and will need some support to keep them upright.
Larkspur seeds must go through a cold period in order to germinate. Place seeds in the refrigerator 2 weeks prior to planting to ensure your seeds have went through a cold period.
Plant seeds in soil after all danger of frost has past in spring.
Tall growing annual (2 feet tall/60cm) that produces masses of flower spikes covered with pea-shaped blue and purple flowers.
The plant self-seeds and attracts several different bird and butterfly species.
Lupine is adaptable to any soil type, except overly damp soil. This is a hardy, native plant that will thrive in a cottage garden.
Perennial plant that is also known as Bell flower due to the bloom shape. Bloom colors range from pink to white to blue.
Mature height also spans a wide range of everything from low-growing ground cover to plants that reach 2 feet (60cm) in height. Plant in full sun and well draining soil.