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35 Best Cottage Garden Flowers to Grow

35 Best Cottage Garden Flowers to Grow will give you some ideas on how to make your yard look amazing with plants that transform the space they’re grown into a magical oasis.

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The 35 Best Cottage Garden Flowers - 16 squares of different types of cottage flowers
The 35 Best Cottage Garden Flowers

A cottage flower garden evokes a spark of happiness in most people with just one glance.  We immediately start daydreaming what it would be like to live in a home surrounded by a beautiful garden.  

Instead of just dreaming about pretty landscape, why not elevate your space into a place that soothes your soul?  The easiest way to do this is to layer your garden beds with cottage flowers.  

Whether you decide to have a variety of different colors dancing outside your front door, or if you prefer a more subtle color palette to decorate your landscape – cottage flowers will deliver the look you envision.  

I created a cottage garden in my first home.  It was a labor of love, born of trial and error.  In the end, a garden that started blooming in early spring until late fall was my reward for all that work.   

The garden flowers graced many local events.  Bbq’s, weddings, dinner parties, and even memorials had cuttings from my garden, adding pure beauty to the occasion.  

My garden produced so many flowers that neighbors knew that they could always stop by and gather some to take home.  

I was walking one of my dogs one day, and I met someone in my neighborhood that I didn’t know.  When we talked about where we lived, I told her I had the yellow house around the corner.  “Oh,” she said, “you’re the one with the magical garden.”  That comment made me giddy with joy.  I always wanted an enchanting garden.  

I’m moving soon, and a forest surrounds my new cottage.  It’s a blank slate for my imagination.  

The one thing I know for sure is that this new house will have plenty of flowers dancing in the wind.  I can’t imagine a home without them.  

Below, you will find some of my favorite flowers to add to your cottage garden.  It’s essential to make sure you buy the right kind of flowers for your area.  

A variety of Cottage Garden Flowers

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Here are the Best Cottage Garden Flowers to Grow:  

1. Bellflowers 

Old Fashioned Bellflower

Bellflowers are hearty cottage perennial plants with bell-shaped flowers.  They bloom in shades of white, purple, blue, or pink.  

There are over three hundred different species, and the plants come in a variety of sizes.  They range from low growing plants to plants that grow up to six feet tall!  

2. Bleeding Hearts 

Old Fashioned Bleeding Hearts

Bleeding Heart flowers are an unusual beauty that gives your garden a dainty touch.  They bloom in early spring and are either pink and white or solid white.  

This perennial plant likes to be in a shady or part shade area.  I planted my Bleeding Heart flowers below the trees in my front yard, and they did well.  These cottage garden flowers like moist soil.

3. Butterfly Bush 

Cottage Garden Flowers - Butterfly Bush

My two butterfly bushes do precisely as their name suggests – they attract butterflies to their blooms.  One thing you should know, these bushes grow fast.  They can get up to 12 feet tall and 15 feet wide.  

Their beautiful long trusses bloom from summer to autumn.  The butterfly shrub is low-maintenance.  

Please note that this cottage garden flower bush can be invasive, depending on the climate of where you live.  

4. Catmint 

Cottage Garden Flowers - Catmint

Catmint is a gorgeous, easy-to-grow plant that has pink, purple, violet, blue, or white flowers.  It blooms in late spring and early summer.  It will start flowering again in fall after the weather cools down.  

Beneficial insects love catmint, and it deters bad bugs at the same time.  In my cottage flower garden, I had my catmint next to a pale pink rose bush called “Ballerina.” They looked beautiful together.

5. Columbine 

Cottage Garden Flowers - Columbine

This perennial plant is found in woodlands and meadows throughout the Northern Hemisphere.  There are about 60-70 different species that come in a variety of colors.  

If you’re looking to attract hummingbirds with cottage garden flowers, the Columbine flower is the perfect choice.  On average, they reach two feet tall.  

6. Coneflowers 

Cottage Garden Flowers - Coneflower

Coneflowers are also known as Echinacea.  It is a perennial plant that can grow between two to four feet tall.  

They flower mid-summer through the fall.  This plant not only has purple flowers, but they come in a variety of other colors that will work well with your garden plans.  

Cottage Garden Flowers #7 – Cosmos 

Cottage Garden Flowers - Cosmos

Cosmos are considered an annual, but gardens in zones 9 and 10 might find them to be a perennial.  They will reach approximately 12 inches tall and come in a variety of colors.  

The flowers are easy to grow and will bloom from summer to early fall.  You can buy plants from the nursery, but these plants are easy to grow from seeds.  You can find cosmos seeds here on Amazon.  

Cottage Garden Flowers #8 – Crocus 

Cottage Garden Flowers - Crocus

Crocus flowers are usually the first to arrive on the scene in any cottage garden, depending on what else you plant.  They give hope after a long, hard winter with their colorful blooms peeking out from white snow.  

The flowers are easy to grow and should be planted late summer to early fall.  

Please note: Crocus can be poisonous to cats.  

Cottage Garden Flowers #9 – Daffodils

Cottage Garden Flowers - Daffodils

Daffodil bulbs are best planted in September through late November.  They grow in full or partial sun.  

The flowers are up late winter or early spring, which will give your cottage garden beautiful color after a long winter.  They come in a variety of colors, but most flowers are either white or yellow.  

Cottage Garden Flowers #10 – Dahlias

Cottage Garden Flowers - Dahlias

Dahlias are a fantastic flower because they come in such a wide variety of colors and sizes.  The width of the flowers can range from 2″ to 15″ wide.  They have a growing season of 120 days long.  

They are winter hardy in zones 8 to 11.  In zones 2 through 7, gardeners dig the tubers up and store them for winter.  

Cottage Garden Flowers #11 – Daisies  

Cottage Garden Flowers - Daisies

Daisies are such a happy flower.  They are an easy flower to grow and do best in full sun.  

The flowers come in all shapes and sizes.  You’re going  to want to cut them and deadhead regularly to encourage more blooms.  

My favorite type of daisy is the Shasta daisy.  You can find seeds here on Amazon.  

Cottage Garden Flowers #12 – Daylilies 

Cottage Garden Flowers - Daylilies

Finding the right location to plant your Daylilies will provide you with years of beautiful blooms without a lot of effort.  They are a perennial that loves the sun.  

Daylilies are another flower that comes in all different sizes and colors.  You can have them line the edge of your garden, and look gorgeous when paired with ornamental grasses.  

Please note:  Lilies can be poisonous to cats.   

Cottage Garden Flowers #13 – Delphiniums 

Cottage Garden Flowers - Delphiniums

Delphiniums are so beautiful they make my heart soar whenever I see them.  Their spikes of flowers come in purple, pink, white, and blue.  

Cool and moist summers are when they perform the best.  They can be challenging to grow, so if you’re a beginner gardener, you might want to wait until you have a little experience under your belt.  

Cottage Garden Flowers #14 – Forget-me-nots 

Old Fashioned Forget-me-nots

This flower gets my approval simply because they are a true blue flower, and blue is my favorite color.  Forget-me-nots also have pink and white blooms.  

These delicate blooms ooze simplicity, and I’m all about simple living, and I think you are too.  

Forget-me-nots bloom in spring and like full to part sun.  You can grow them in zones 3 to 8.  They like well-drained soil and self-sow, so once you plant them, they will expand over time.  

Imagine how beautiful they will look with either daffodils or tulips?   

Cottage Garden Flowers #15 – English Primrose 

Old Fashioned English Primrose Flowers

English Primrose are perennials that are very easy to grow.  They bloom in early spring and can last throughout summer.  I planted quite a few of them, and I’ve done nothing else with them ever since.  Every year they give me beauty without any work.  

You can plant your flowers in a lightly shaded area with well-draining soil for the best results.  

Cottage Garden Flowers #16 – Geraniums 

Cottage Garden Flowers - Geraniums

Geraniums are a vibrant flower that likes full sun in the morning and a light afternoon shade.  They look gorgeous in containers or window boxes.  

They flower in a variety of colors, including red, orange, salmon, white, pink, lavender, and violet.  You’ll want to plant the right type, depending where you live.  Some of the species don’t like hot summers.  

Cottage Garden Flowers #17 – Heather 

Cottage Garden Flowers - Heather

My front yard was blessed with a heather plant in one of my garden beds when I moved into my home.  This plant is an evergreen branching shrub.  As time went on, it grew larger, and the branches spilled over the raised bed gardens I created.  

They like full sun and come in white, pink, purple, and a variety of reds.  

Cottage Garden Flowers #18 – Hollyhocks 

Old Fashioned Hollyhock Flowers

If you’re looking for tall flowers, you might want to take a closer look at Hollyhocks.  They can grow up to 9 feet tall!  

You’ll want to plant them in a location with full sun, with moist, well-draining soil.  Hollyhocks are a biennial plant.  That means the first year, you will get stalks with leaves, and the second year, the flowers will bloom.  They will then die, and you will have to plant more flowers.  

Cottage Garden Flowers #19 – Hyacinths 

Cottage Garden Flowers - Hyacinths

Hyacinths are grown from bulbs and planted in the fall.  They grow best in the sun or partial shade.  

They do grow back each year, but the flowers are smaller after the first season.  Hyacinths come in a variety of colors and sizes.  

Cottage Garden Flowers #20 – Hydrangeas 

Cottage Garden Flowers - Hydrangeas

I remember when my sister and I visited Seattle for the first time.  We arrived when hydrangeas were in full bloom everywhere.  Ever since that trip, I’ve been in love with these vibrant blooms.  

Hydrangeas prefer morning sun and afternoon partial shade.  They will grow in partial shade too.  

The colors of your blooms will change depending on how much acid is in the soil.  They come in pink, blue, green, white, and purple.

When I bought my hydrangea bushes I planted six of them together.  One blue, the next one pink, then blue, then pink, and so on.

It’s been fun to see all the different colors they have turned, depending on the soil acid content.   You can control the color, but I found it more fun to see what color they wanted to be from year to year.  

Cottage Garden Flowers #21 – Irises 

Cottage Garden Flowers - Irises

Irises need at least six hours of sunlight.  They need well-drained soil and make sure they have breathing room.  

You want to plant their bulbs in late summer.  There are over 300 different species of Iris.  The most popular iris is the Bearded Iris that grows up to 28 inches.  

Cottage Garden Flowers #22 – Lavender

Cottage Garden Flowers - Lavender

This perennial plant is from the Mediterranean.  It adds incredible fragrance, color, and visual interest to any garden it graces.  

I have several different types of lavender growing in my garden.  One of the plants is at the edge of my walkway.  When your leg brushes against it, the smell is intoxicating.  I also have several pink-flowered lavender plants that I love.  

It is best to plant in the spring when the soil starts heating up.  Lavender doesn’t like wet feet, so make sure you keep it away from moist areas.  

Cottage Garden Flowers #23 – Lilacs 

Old Fashioned Lilacs

Lilac bushes need at least six hours of sunshine every day for beautiful blooms.  You also want to make sure the area where you plant the bush the soil drains well.  

You can plant lilacs in the spring or fall.  Depending on the variety that you plant, make sure you plant them 5 to 15 feet apart from each other.  

Cottage Garden Flowers #24 – Lily of the valley

Cottage Garden Flowers - Lily-of-the-valley

What’s not to love about lily of the valley?  The dainty bell-shaped flowers, beautiful fragrance, and the bright green foliage that go along with the white flowers.  

Lily of the valley is a shade loving plant that works well at the base of trees or shrubs.  In addition to the snowy white color, you can also get pale pink or entirely pink flowers.  

Please note: Lily of the valley can be poisonous to cats and dogs.  

Cottage Garden Flowers #25 – Morning Glories

Old Fashioned Morning Glories

My back fence is covered with morning glories.  I wish I could say I’m an expert gardener that created this wonderland, but morning glories grow naturally in my area, and they are considered invasive.  

Morning glories come in a variety of colors.  Purple, white, pink, blue, red, and bi-colors are the hues you get to pick for your garden.  Please make sure you plant them, so they get full sun.  

Cottage Garden Flowers #26 – Pansies 

Cottage Garden Flowers - Pansies

Pansies are an annual, so you’ll have to plant seeds or buy new plants every year.  They require partial sun and good soil. 

They don’t like humidity or heat, so they do best in spring and fall.  

Cottage Garden Flowers #27 – Peonies

Old Fashioned Peonies

The drawbacks to growing peonies are that they can be challenging to grow, and they have a short blooming season.  Their overwhelming beauty is worth the price in my opinion.  

Make sure you plant your peonies in full sun and have well-draining soil.  They have single, semi-double, and double flowers that come in white, yellow, pink, red, and purple.  

Please note:  It’s essential to plant these beauties at the right depth.  If you plant them too deeply, they won’t flower.  Please make sure you plant them according to the instructions of the variety you buy.  

Cottage Garden Flowers #28 – Phlox 

Cottage Garden Flowers - Phlox

Phlox is easier to grow from cuttings or transplants than seeds.  You want to plant phlox in the spring 

They need at least six hours of sunlight in well-watered soil.  

Cottage Garden Flowers #29 – Poppies 

Old Fashioned Poppies

Poppies are annuals that are self-sowing if you leave the blooms on the plant so they can drop their seeds.  They bloom until late spring or early summer.            

Plant your seeds in full sun and well-drained soil for best results.   Poppies come in a variety of vibrant colors like orange, red, yellow, and purple, as well as pink and white.                                       

Cottage Garden Flowers #30 – Roses 

Cottage Garden Flowers - Roses

Roses are easy to grow if you buy the right variety for your area.  You also want to make sure you get disease-resistant plants for the best results.  

Go to a local nursery to find out what types of areas grow best.  Or you can join a local gardening Facebook group to ask the kinds of roses members did the best with in their gardens.    

For more information on growing roses, take a look at my article 31 Secrets to Growing Roses.                                                         

Cottage Garden Flowers #31 – Snapdragons 

Cottage Garden Flowers - Snapdragons

Snapdragons are short-lived perennials.  To make sure you have flowers blooming every year, treat them as annuals and plant new ones in partial shade if you want them to bloom all summer long.  

They can grow 3-4 feet tall and come in a wide variety of colors.  

Cottage Garden Flowers #32 – Sweet Peas

Old Fashioned Sweet Pea Flowers

Don’t you love the smell of sweet peas?  Their sweet scent can perfume a room with only one small bouquet of blooms.  

They have pink, purple, white, red, blue, and bicolors blooms, so you can pick the perfect color that goes with your garden.  Spring through summer, they flower and require full sun.  

The plants have tendrils and climb up trellises.  These flowers are easy to grow from seed. 

Cottage Garden Flowers #33 – Tulips 

Cottage Garden Flowers - Tulips

Wild tulips come back year after year.  Cultivated tulip bulbs are hit and miss if they come back.

When I was young, I lived in a house where the tulips bloomed like clockwork every spring.  Now when I buy bulbs, they sometimes bloom for a few years before they stop flowering.  Some bulbs only come up for one year.  It all depends on the variety you buy.  

You should plant your tulip bulbs in the fall 6-8 weeks before the first frost for best results.  

Cottage Garden Flowers #34 – Wisteria 

Cottage Garden Flowers - Wisteria

Wisteria adds a little fairytale magic to gardens.  Those lovely blooms cascading down from a pergola or arbor make a grand statement to all those who stop by.

Wisteria also grows best in full sun and well-drained soil.  

Please note: Wisteria is potentially poisonous to pets.  

Cottage Garden Flowers #35 – Zinnias

Old Fashioned Zinnia Flowers

Zinnias are one of the easiest flowers to grow, and they reward you with lots of colorful blooms.  They have single, semidouble, and double varieties.  

They are annuals, so they will only grow for one season.   For best results, directly sow zinnia seeds into the soil because they don’t like to be transplanted.  You’ll want to make sure your zinnias get full sun.

We’ve reached the end of Best Cottage Garden Flowers to Grow.  I hope you enjoyed it. 

Let me know in the comments below what your favorite cottage garden flowers are to grow. 

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Wednesday 30th of June 2021

I love your knowledge of plants and your garden ideas


Wednesday 30th of June 2021

Thank you so much Barbara! I really appreciate the feedback. Kelly

Tiffany Hanson

Tuesday 9th of February 2021


I am getting a kick out of your website as I am a native born Montanan. I'm wondering if you could recommend a book on flowers for a cozy, colorful and romantic cottage garden for our tough zone 4. I have several gardens and am dissatisfied with most of what's going on. I need Ideas and help with how to help the soil probably. Thank you for any suggestions.



Wednesday 10th of February 2021

Hello Tiffany! I moved to North Carolina - so I feel your pain. There's clay soil here! My suggestion is to do raised beds. That's what I'm doing here. I would definitely join a local gardening group for tried and true plants that do well in your area. Kelly

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