Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Current Inspiration: Cottage Gardens!

During the long dark winter nights when I'm stuck inside, I like to dream about my garden to keep from going stir crazy.

On my mind this year are cottage style gardens like this one. With all kinds of flowers, overflowing with tall colorful blooms. This year I have high hopes for growing a beautiful garden of wildflowers. Here are some of my ideas!


I love how foxgloves and irises look together. I started some foxgloves by seed inside, hopefully I started them early enough so they'll flower in the spring.

One day I hope to have a  glorious iris collection. I have been adding a few new colors to my garden each year, they're so pretty!

I just love how cottage gardens look growing along a cute little fence.

I think allium is such a striking plant. I bought a pack of bulbs last fall and I can't wait to see how they look this spring!

 I have never seen pink allium before but I need some.





 Cone flowers like these pink ones are another one of my favorites. I bought a few clumps of them last spring so hopefully they made it through the winter and will grow back even bigger.

 I hope that my garden will look as full and lush as this one does. I have had some pretty dismal attempts in the past!

The first year I started all my seeds inside, but I only had room for so many so I didn't have as many plants as I would like, but it still ended up pretty. The next year I planted them all directly in the ground, but then a late frost hit so it killed most of them off. Last year I waited too long to plant them and they took forever to grow.

This year I am going to buy a whole bunch of wildflower seed packets and put some directly in the ground, and also start some inside, so hopefully this will finally be the year for my wildflower garden!

Does anybody else have any garden plans for this spring?

10 comments:

  1. Beautiful flowers
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  2. I think thse cottage garden are so romantic and kinda magical. Like stepping back in time. Good luck with your goals, Sarah.
    xox
    Lenya
    FashionDreams&Lifestyle

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  3. So pretty! Best of luck with your garden this year. I love to garden, but I don't have much of a green thumb unfortunately.

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  4. Cute garden, have a good day

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  5. thx for the comment
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  6. Ah, these images make me long for summer so much!

    -Kati

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  7. These really are so so pretty! I am all ready for Spring now :)
    Thanks a lot for your last comment : )
    Xx
    Larissa
    cenestquedelachance.blogspot.de

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  8. An English cottage garden is what i'm aiming for in my garden. Kinda hard with how much shade I get with my huge maple tree. Luckily a lot of the cottage garden plants and flowers are what bees and butterflies love and are wildflowers to boot which makes it a win win.

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  9. What immensely pretty images. I adore English country/cottage gardens (and certainly the homes that accompany them usually, too) a ton as well. There's usually no shortage of colour and just the best hit of elective-ness that so appeals to me.

    Happy springtime gardening!
    ♥ Jessica

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  10. Awww what gorgeous lovely dreamy garden photos! Looking at them has given me such a boost. All that wonderful green! You almost forget during winter how lush & beautiful summer time is. My fav was the first photo because you don't often see colorful pretty blooms paired with ferns. Echinaceas really do look amazing with their pink daisy blooms bobbing around the fence pickets. And they reseed themselves rather well

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