Cottage planting - Knowledgebase Question

Northville, Mi
Question by TDEJSmith
February 22, 2009
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 from NGA
February 22, 2009


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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