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.
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.
Not only is the English cottage garden beautiful all on its own, but the stone and brick house provides a stunning backdrop.
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.
A close-up view of the pool house shows a romantic spot for sheltered alfresco dining.
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.
Here’s a better view of persicaria. It looks beautiful with salvia.
A vintage cart cozies up beside a pear tree, ready to accept cutting flowers from the garden.
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.
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.