At this time of the year as the weather turns colder and the idea of tending the garden outdoors becomes less inviting, it is a good time to think about plans for next year. And what better way to banish the winter blues than to dream of your new cottage garden crammed full of flowers in high summer? This article which I found on the Hub Pages website should inspire you to create your own cottage garden.

Allure of a Cottage Garden

I have always dreamed of having a cottage style garden, so when we bought a house I decided to plant an herb garden in one part of the backyard and planned a traditional English style garden in raised beds.The following flower pictures–both annuals and perennials have been my favorite to grow, not only because they are easy to grow in Colorado and specifically Colorado Springs but the flowers look beautiful together. Every year my garden changes and surprises me.
Unless noted otherwise all of these cottage garden flower photos in this lens are my original photos taken over the years in my beautiful English inspired garden. Whatever your motivation for having a green space make sure that you fill it with beautiful easy to grow flowers, herbs, plants and accessories you love and that make you feel good. The healing power of a garden is too good not to share.
Accessorize your garden with decorations that enhance the space and make you feel good. I like to use up-cycled items that need a second life. We’ve hung vintage garden tools on the side of the garage that faces the back garden, found weathered chairs make great spots for container gardens, old wooden boxes hold spades and other tools. Metal sculpture adds visual interest.
The photo of this stunning pink peony above is from my Colorado Springs, Colorado garden.

What kind of flowers should I grow in my garden?

Grow what you love!

I get asked this question a lot by friends who are just starting out on planning their garden. I always tell them to brainstorm on what they would like to see in their garden. Do you like fragrant flowers or flowers that climb? Do you like showy flowers or delicate flowers? What are your favorite colors? What plants are native to your climate? Consider your soil and how much time you have to devote to your garden. What flowers would make you happy every time you visit your garden?

Go to the next page to see more of these flowers that you will find in a traditional cottage garden

I am a keen gardener and so created Garden Pics and Tips for people who love gardens and enjoy great pictures of plants and gardens. Also covered are practical tips on all aspects of gardening.