13 Essential Cottage Garden Plants (Z: 3 - 7)

13 Essential Cottage Garden Plants (Z: 3 - 7)

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 8 – 11. Link here.)

Ruby Star Coneflower

(Above–in front) The bright purple-pink, daisy-like flowers on sturdy stems make great cut flowers. Full sun. Zone: 4 – 9


Thriller Lady’s Mantle
Zone: 3 – 9

A cottage garden must have for the shapely foliage and sprightly, chartreuse flowers. Super easy to grow. Partial to full sun.


Becky Shasta Daisy
Zone: 4 – 9

A go-to cottage perennial (and cut flower), Becky forms a tidy mass  covered in sunny-centered white blooms. Full sun.


Raspberry Shortcake®Raspberry
Zone: 4 – 9

Every cottage garden needs a berry plant or two. This thornless one thrives in patio container and in the landscape. Full sun.


Whetman Stars™ Stargazer Pink
Zone: 4 – 9

Heat-tolerant, long-blooming with fragrant, fringed flowers with a deep maroon eye, carried on sturdy stems. Full sun.


Walker’s Low Catmint
Zone: 4 – 9

Few plants so reliably soften the edge of a bed, border or container. This one’s shorter and more compact. Partial to full sun.


Everydalily Pink Wing Daylily
Zone: 4 – 10

Hardy, blooms early and steadily all season. When the garden begins to wane in August, count on this for color. Partial to full sun.


Blue Hydrangea® Hydrangea
Zone: 4 – 9

The fun of a cottage garden is cut flowers. Hydrangea are a must have (this has black stems)! Partial shade to partial sun.


Faulkner Boxwood
Zone: 5 – 9

Brings order to the cottage garden! Faulker is dwarf and slower-growing–perfect for a tidy hedge. Partial to full sun.


Munstead Lavender
Zone: 5 – 9

A classic! Munstead is lower growing so it’s good to edge a bed, but has those famously fragrant flower spikes. Full sun.


Tutti Frutti Apricot Delight Yarrow
Zone: 4 – 9

Brings on the butterflies, blooms in the dog days, nice fragrance, lovely cut flower. Has it all. This one tolerates humidity. Full sun.


Blue Spires Rosemary
Zone: 6 – 10

There are many to choose, but if you’re in the zone, you need a rosemary. Adds structure (and the fragrance!). Full sun.


Blue Mirror Delphinium
Zone: 3 – 7

Lucky you cold zoners! Tall flower spikes are critical to a cottage garden, adding vertical interest. Partial to full sun.

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