Answer: Ficus benjamina (Weeping Fig) is a broadly spreading evergreen tree with shiny, leathery green leaves that densely cover drooping branches. Ulmus parvifolia 'Drake' (Drake Elm) is more or less evergreen with a spreading, arching, weeping habit. Older trees shed bark, which provides additional interest in the garden. Although they're deciduous, you might also consider twisted forms of willow and hazelnut(corylus). Standard shrubs for cottage gardens include lilac, mock orange, viburnum, sweetshrub (Calycanthus) and shrub-type roses. Enjoy your cottage garden!
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