Planting a cottage garden

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Think romantic – planting should be carefree and not too restricted. Mix colourful planting and formal with wildflowers to attract pollinators. Consider scent when choosing your plants. Add late summer flowering shrubs such as Hydrangeas and English Roses to fill larger gaps.

Scented climbers

  • Honeysuckle
  • Trachelospermum jasminoides (Star jasmine)
  • Roses – Grow repeat flowering climbing roses up trellis or along a fence for continuous blooms and to soften the boundary. With regular dead-heading these will take you well into autumn leaving you to sit back and enjoy.
  • Wisteria

Seasonal fillers to attract wildlife and soften paths

The quintessential cottage garden favourite, Aquilegia ‘Nora Barlow’


Hydrangeas look particularly stunning grown in groups at the back of a mixed border or as an informal hedge. Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’ and Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’ are perfect for larger gardens.

Lavender growing in summer garden

Fruit Trees

Topiary and Hedging