Looking for ways to grow a garden that blooms from spring through fall? Wait until you see what you should plant this spring!
With the arrival of spring, lots of questions are flowing in asking what to plant to grow a cottage garden that’s always in bloom.
There are so many plants to choose from to continue the color and flowers throughout the growing season.
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The Secret to Growing a Cottage Garden That’s Always in Bloom
I am often asked how I keep my cottage garden blooming from spring through fall.
And the answer is…I do a lot of fun research and plant flowers that bloom at different times throughout the season.
I read magazine articles, watch garden shows, study flower catalogs and visit nurseries often to see what’s in bloom.
And with the addition of social media, garden inspiration is at my fingertips.
When I first designed the front yard cottage garden, I searched for plants that were hardy to my hardiness zone, resistant to deer, and attracted both butterflies and hummingbirds.
It was also important that flowers had long bloom times or could achieve a second bloom.
Additionally, I sought low-maintenance plants that provided color and texture to the beds.
It is a long and ever-changing process because some plants do well, some don’t, some take over, some disappear and part of the fun of gardening is learning what works and watching it evolve over time.
At any rate, I hope you enjoy this week’s garden tour.
Now let’s get started…
Front Yard Cottage Garden Tour
The woodland garden is located on the side of my house.
I rarely work in this garden and just kind of let it go.
I probably shouldn’t let it go as often as I do because it gets a bit weedy, but it’s the last garden I typically work in.
When adding this garden, it was planted with the notion that I wanted to do less work in it.
Therefore, I leave it alone through much of the season.
It is a full shade garden and houses my Ferns, Bleeding Hearts, Rhododendrum, Oak Leaf Hydrangea, Maple Tree that I grew from a sapling, Hostas, Geraniums, Lily-of-the-Valley, Astilbes, Hakonechloa (ornamental grass), and Solomon’s Seal.
Backyard Gardens Tour
I did not do too much in the backyard beds aside from mulching and laying pea gravel in the vegetable garden.
In the last week, there has been some growth with some fresh blooms.
Most of these gardens are flowering deciduous shrubs and perennials.
The gardens fill in so much during the growing season.
It is really fun to watch them grow and bloom.
Thank you so much for joining me on another garden tour.
In case you missed few tours or want to see how much the garden has changed, you can see it here Week 1 and Week 2.
I hope you enjoyed checking out what’s blooming this week and look forward to sharing next week’s tour with you!
I would love to hear what you think! Please leave your ideas, comments & more below or contact me here.
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