The Q&A Archives: Cottage planting

Question: What would you suggest to plant at our cottage in the thumb area of Michigan. We only go up on weekends. We do enjoy flowering plants.

Thank you

Answer: A cottage garden is generally filled with all types of foliage and flowers and has a cheery, unkempt look. I like plants that self-sow such as cornflowers, cleome, cosmos, gaillardia, alyssum, four-o'clocks, phlox, rudbeckia, and violas (including johhny-jump-ups). Since you won't be there to water on a regular basis, you might just try sowing seeds of wildflowers native to your gardening region. These will get along quite well on only rainfall and most will self-sow, as well. Best wishes with your garden!

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