Cottage Garden - Knowledgebase Question

S. Natick, MA
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Question by shimmo
January 20, 1998
I am a novice at gardening but will be planning a 13ft X 5ft garden plot this spring. I really need some help in two ways 1) design advice - what should go where and 2)what are some good yellow, white and/or purple perennial flowers for my zone 6 cottagegarden?

Answer from NGA
January 20, 1998
First of all, I'm hoping your spot gets full sun, or at least good partial sun, for the best flowering. The general rule of thumb is to place taller plants toward the back of the garden, shorter to the front. However, consider where the sun falls, and be sure tall perennials won't heavily shade lower growing sun-lovers in front. (In the vegetable garden, it's usually advised to put the tallest plants like corn or sunflowers on the north side of the garden.)

There are many flowers to choose from when planning a cottage garden, including Hollyhocks, Lavender, Black Eyed Susan, Primrose, Salvia, Foxgloves, Columbines, Cottage Pinks, Canterbury Bells, Poppies, Daisies, Delphiniums, Lupines, Phlox, and of course, if you have room, roses (preferably a shrub rose or a climber) and/or lilacs.

I'd spend some time looking through seed and nursery catalogs to see what strikes your fancy!

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