This summer we’re working more on the outside of our house, which includes painting it … ugh! But I’m also lending a critical eye to our garden spaces. I’ve always wanted a cottage style garden … you know, that riotous floral look with foxgloves stretching high and daisies spilling out of a picket fence. So I searched on Houzz for inspirational cottage garden ideas and came up with 5 ways to achieve this relaxed and sometimes messy look. (Click on photos to be taken to its location on Houzz.)
1. Replace Grass with Flowers
My mother would think this landscape is too messy, but I’ve always wanted to replace my front yard with a sea of flowers. I’m just afraid I’ll screw it up and it won’t look pretty … it’ll just look messy.
Maybe I could make that change to the front yard in stages.
I could start with just part of the yard like this home.
A flagstone path breaks up the flowers and creates a somewhat organized feel while retaining cottage charm.
2. Create a Meandering Garden Path
Straight pathways don’t belong in a cottage style garden.
They need to wind and ramble around, mimicking the flowing flowers.
A narrow path like this with a simple bird bath is perfect for a side yard.
I love how the plants run and tumble into each other.
3. Add a Picket Fence
Pink roses ramble over this pretty white fence while purple sage stretches up to greet them.
This garden has cottage style without being messy since the plantings are orderly, yet full.
Foxglove, the quintessential cottage flower, frames this home’s picket fence.
One summer my neighbor had a bunch of these in her backyard and it was breathtaking!
4. Include a Romantic Arbor
Nothings screams cottage garden like an old-fashioned arbor!
Train roses to climb up and over its arch to create an architectural statement.
In past years I’ve grown roses but without much success.
They always seem to get black spot and never look good past the month of June.
5. Plant Overflowing Flower Boxes
Flower boxes are such an easy way to add cottage style and charm to your garden.
I’ve added flower boxes to every house I’ve ever owned.
A flower box is a great way to bring the flower garden up close to the house.
Or if you don’t have a lot of yard space, it’s a great way to get your flower fix.
To see more cottage style gardens, visit my new Cottage Gardens board on Pinterest!