13 Essential Cottage Garden Plants (Z: 8 - 11)

13 Essential Cottage Garden Plants (Z: 8 - 11)

We showed you all the fun ways to design your own cottage garden. Now it’s time to fill it with fun, useful, fragrant, flowery, cool plants! Here are thirteen we highly recommend that range from shrubs for structure to edibles for…well, for eating out of hand. Enjoy.

(Plant zones often overlap–please check out the companion post for zones 3 – 7.  Link here.)

 Little Grapette Dwarf Daylily

Charming, lavender-purple flowers on tall stems. Plant en masse for an early summer show. Perennial. Full sun. Zone: 4 – 11


Balmy Purple™ Bee Balm
Zone: 4 – 9

Vibrant reddish-purple, shaggy flowers top a compact plant with fragrant minty-basil-scented foliage. Perennial. Partial to full sun.


Little Ragu® Sweet Bay
Zone: 8 – 11

We love a small tree with edible leaves in a cottage garden. Compact, aromatic, deep-green foliage. Up to 8 ft tall and wide.


Double Scoop™ Cranberry Coneflower
Zone: 4 – 9

Doll up your cottage garden with double-blooms! Perennial. Full sun.


Sweet Basil
Zone: 10 – 11

Herbs add the useful to a cottage garden. Choose woody ones (rosemary, thyme) but also annuals like basil too. Full sun.


Pink Elf® French Hydrangea
Zone: 5 – 11

The perfect hydrangea for tight spaces or a pot plunked into a border. Partial shade to filtered sun. Up to 18″ tall and 24 in. wide.


Bountiful Blue® Blueberry
Zone: 6 – 10

Every cottage garden needs berries! This has pink flowers, big, juicy fruits, and red fall foliage. Up to 4 ft. tall and wide. Full sun.


Baby Pete™ Lily of the Nile
Zone: 8 – 11

Cottage gardens need taller, ball-shaped flower shapes. These bloom for months on end. Perennial. Partial to full sun.


Flower Carper® Amber Groundcover Rose
Zone: 4 – 10

Roses. Of course. These ramble and are fragrant. Up to 3 ft. tall and wide. Full sun.


Vibe® Ignition Purple Salvia
Zone: 7 – 11

Notably heat and drought tolerant, petite with vibrant purple flowers throughout summer. Perennial. Partial to full sun.


Marmalade Coral Bells
Zone: 4 – 9

Excellent in a cottage garden due to their colorful foliage, but also those fantastic tall flower spikes. Perennial. Partial to full sun.


White Lightnin’® Trailing Lantana
Zone: 9 – 11

Scented flowers add sweet cottage charm to hot, dry difficult spots. Great for softening bed edges. Perennial. Full sun.


Rozanne Cranesbill
Zone: 4 – 10

Dwarf spreading form with dainty violet flowers for many months. Let it ramble under roses! Perennial. Partial to full sun.

Bring them home!