Cottage Garden Ideas from Pinterest for Our Blue Cottage

by Dagmar Bleasdale on May 17, 2015

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Wow, what a dream garden, right? And that house? I want to move right in.

If we can’t live in a stone cottage in the English countryside, we can bring some of that loveliness into our garden.

My mother is a wonderful gardener, and I’m lucky to have grown up in a beautiful house with a cottage garden she created.

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This picture shows the backyard with our “Spiker,” which used to be a little building on a farm my father had recreated in our garden. It has a little kitchen, a powder room, and a bedroom upstairs, all decorated with antiques.

My parents were antique dealers, and the main house is also filled with antiques.

Here is another post about our fairytale garden in Germany.

I’m not much of a gardener yet — but I’ve gotten a ton of inspiration for my dream garden from my mom’s garden and from Pinterest.

Our Blue Cottage obviously calls for a cottage-style garden. And now that we finally have a driveway and walkway up to the cottage, I can plan our garden.

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To me, a cottage garden is a little overgrown and informal, with a gravel or brick pathway.

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The fence might be a little rickety and weathered, adding to the romantic charm, and the flowers are often a soothing white and pink and other pastel colors.

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Roses and peonies are cottage-style favorites. I’m planning to add peonies or hydrangeas — some of my favorite flowers — to our flowerbeds in front of the Blue Cottage. I already planted two boxwoods, lavender, and ranunculus.

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Cottage gardens often make use of repurposed, vintage containers like this tub. How sweet is this?

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I have several vintage enamel pans I want to use for our cottage garden.

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This picture reminds me of our vintage step ladder I want to repurpose as a flower stand.

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I don’t know about you, but now I’m all inspired to recreate some of these ideas in our garden. I think a trip to Home Depot to get more plants is in order!

Do you like the look of a cottage garden?

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Tammy L. August 23, 2016 at 11:37 AM

Nice collection of pics. I wish I had time for this kind of garden. At one time I had one and I did have the time. I was in the plant industry for over 12 years and loved most every minute of it, retail and wholesale. The English call the cottage garden organized chaos. It started because the commoners were gardeners for the nobles. As they kept and cleaned the formal gardens they would take home the excess, but they had smaller places most of the time and had to make the space work. So the look we see today but they also had to feed their families and herbs and veggies were worked in with the flowers. It has a great eye appeal but does require more work than I have time for now, nor the back, lol.


Megan April 24, 2016 at 9:01 AM

All of these gardens are dreamy! I love the idea of an English garden – and my mom loves to garden, so she gave me as close as she could to one in our new house. I’ll be showing her these ideas as well, thanks for sharing at Merry Monday!


jeanette ann April 24, 2016 at 5:02 AM

Lovely pics. I love cottages and cottage gardens too. We have a cottage garden which always has surprises popping up from fallen seeds. Good luck with yours.


Pamela Smith April 20, 2016 at 11:33 PM

Oh, these look so peaceful and soothing! I love how there are vines and flowers growing up and over the seating areas. Thanks for sharing!


Lynn Spencer April 17, 2016 at 8:05 AM

Hi Dagmar, your collection of ideas really have me daydreaming about my spring garden also. Thanks for the inspiration!
Hugs, LYnn


Dagmar Bleasdale April 18, 2016 at 10:54 PM

Thanks for your comment, Lynn!


Audra @ Renewed Projects May 23, 2015 at 11:09 PM

Loved these photos! Reminds me of The Secret Garden story. You were fortunate to have your grandma’s garden to play in while growing up, so lovely!


Dagmar Bleasdale May 26, 2015 at 11:21 PM

Thanks for coming by, Audra!


AnnMarie May 17, 2015 at 7:08 AM

I just love the look of a cottage garden. I have somewhat that look in my middle garden that stretches across the yard (the only full sun place in the yard). There is so much stuffed in there that it is full and messy and I love it. It needs cleaning out but I don’t have the heart to do it! The Bee Balm is taking over…..a perfect red plant for a cottage garden!


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