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Tour a Charming English Cottage Garden in Oxfordshire

One of my favorite types of gardens is an old English cottage garden that looks a little messy but has an organized chaos about it. Today’s garden tour from HollandGreen Landscapes hails from Oxfordshire and will make you feel as though you’re in a Jane Austen movie.

English cottage garden in OxfordshirePhoto by HollandGreen Landscapes


This award-winning landscape was created for a young family with loads of color offered through various perennials that bloom throughout summer. Here you see white cosmos, purple salvia, and magenta persicaria, also known as knotweed or “kiss me over the garden gate” which sounds much more romantic.

Stone cottage with flowering summer gardenPhoto by HollandGreen Landscapes


Not only is the English cottage garden beautiful all on its own, but the stone and brick house provides a stunning backdrop. 

Stone cottage with flower garden in front yardPhoto by HollandGreen Landscapes


The country home has a pool surrounded by cosmos and salvia, with amazing views of the Oxfordshire countryside in the background. It’s truly idyllic and if I lived here, I would never move.

Heated pool in the English countrysidePhoto by HollandGreen Landscapes


A close-up view of the pool house shows a romantic spot for sheltered alfresco dining.

Pool House with dining table in the countrysidePhoto by HollandGreen Landscapes


Purple salvia attracts bees and butterflies so be sure to add these pollinators to your garden in a sunny location. It pairs beautifully with white cosmos.

Purple salvia and white cosmos in an English cottage gardenPhoto by HollandGreen Landscapes


Here’s a better view of persicaria. It looks beautiful with salvia.

Persicaria flower aka knotweedPhoto by HollandGreen Landscapes


A vintage cart cozies up beside a pear tree, ready to accept cutting flowers from the garden. 

Vintage garden cart next to pear treePhoto by HollandGreen Landscapes


Joe Pye weed makes its appearance in the English cottage garden. This is an easy-to-grow herbaceous plant with a sweet vanilla scent. I have it planted in my rain garden along with iris. When the weather warms up, I’ll share how to make a rain garden. They’re great for helping to manage storm water in your yard.

Joe Pye Weed in a cottage gardenPhoto by HollandGreen Landscapes


In this view of the garden, you can see the magenta dahlias and the orange helenium, which looks similar to coneflower but blooms later in the summer. I love using orange to brighten up areas with pink and purple flowers. 

English cottage garden in OxfordshirePhoto by HollandGreen Landscapes

See more of this English cottage garden by HollandGreen Landscapes. It’s so idyllic and dreamy. I hope you enjoyed touring it as much as I did!


  1. You didn’t disappoint Jennifer! and the textures on the houses with the flowers are the perfect backdrop to the garden beds.

  2. Jennifer your new Blog, Pond and Garden, is such a lovely compliment to your already wonderful Town and Country Blog. Thank you for beautifying our day! Both Blogs are my favorite and a must start to my morning!!!

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