Plant This English-Style Front Garden for Breathtaking Curb Appeal

Turn heads with this exuberant mix of colorful annuals and perennials.  

Cottage gardens generally feature a colorful assortment of plants presented in natural disarray, sometimes with clear pathways, sometimes without. This English-style front garden plan captures the essence of a cottage garden, but organizes the mix of plants along both sides of a decorative white picket fence that can run parallel to a sidewalk or driveway. It's packed with easy-care annuals, perennials, and a hydrangea that bloom in a pleasing mix of pink, blue, purple, and yellow. This design will have something flowering from spring into fall, especially if you give the bed regular watering and remove the spent blooms.

English-Style Front Yard Garden Plan
Illustration by Mavis Augustine Torke

Plants for Creating the English-Style Front Yard Garden Plan

If you aren't able to find the exact cultivars listed above, substitute others in similar colors, shapes, and sizes. And, because in certain climates, some plants can become overly aggressive and spread out of control, before planting, always check which species are considered invasive in your area.

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The garden plan for this design includes an illustrated version of the planted garden, a detailed layout diagram, a list of plants for the garden as shown, and complete instructions for installing the garden. Free, one-time registration allows unlimited access to all garden plans, available as printable PDFs.

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