Plan for a Cottage Garden Using Foxgloves, Delphiniums, Daisies – Information about Cottage Garden Plants

A. 17 Lobelia erinus – Annual Plant

B. 1 Shasta Daisy – Perennial Plant

C. 2 Bearded Iris

These German Irises are from bulbs that were in my grandmother’s garden. My grandmother would be over 120 years old now, and her garden was my inspiration. These bulbs did not come with names or tags, but they are very much like the bearded German Iris named Magic Man.

Magic Man – German Iris

See all of the Irises that I have planted Here at:

D. 2 Brazilian Verbenas

E. 2 Roses

Because my garden space is limited, I have planted several Zepherine Drouhin Roses, and I allow them to climb all around my garden. Zepherine is almost thorn-free, but it is short on that delicious rose smell that I love.

Louise Odier has a fabulous fragrance, but she has menacing thorns. She is a short climber.

Before next season, I plan to buy some antique or old garden rose bushes for my garden. Many of them have that old garden smell, and they are more disease resistant than many of the newer roses.

E. 3 Delphiniums – Pacific Giant

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Delphinium – Pacific Giant – Grows 5′ Tall

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Delphinium Magic Fountain Mix – Only grows 2′ to 3′ tall

I have not found any of the tall Delphinium plants in my nurseries this year. Delphiniums need alkaline soil, and they wilt in afternoon sun

G. 5 Nasturtiums

H. 4 Lavender Plants

I grow English Lavender. Warning: Prepare the spot where you will plant your lavender. See this post:

I. 3 Foxgloves

J. Impatiens

You might be interested in reading more about the evolution of cottage gardens. I have written a short post that explains when and how people began growing flowers in their gardens. History of the Cottage Garden Here at:

You can also catch it on Youtube:

©Jacki Kellum May 23, 2017

The painting at the top is by Max Lieberman. See more of Lieberman’s Garden Paintings Here:

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Wonderful plants. I am envious of your grandmother’s irises. In contrast, while I’ve planted several irises (and not too deeply) few have bloomed and some have died. I don’t know why. I do know the history of the lowly cottage garden and love it. Your garden sounds so lovely. My hope is that mine will be pretty one day too.

    1. jackikellum says:

      Please keep in mind that not all of my garden is beautiful. It is a constant effort, and some parts are ugly all the time. I may have said this before, but your irises may need acid.

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