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

 

By Sheryl Geerts
Updated January 28, 2021
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Cottage gardens usually feature a colorful assortment of plants presented in a naturalistic disarray, sometimes with clear pathways, sometimes without. This English-style front yard 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 easy-care annuals, perennials, and a hydrangea that bloom in a pleasing mix of pink, blue, purple, and yellow. This design will have something in bloom from spring into fall, especially if you give the planting bed regular watering and remove the spent blooms.

English-Style Front Yard Garden Plan
Credit: 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 with others that have similar colors, shapes, and sizes. And because some plants can become overly aggressive and spread out of control in certain climates, always check which species are considered invasive in your area before planting.

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