Country Flower Garden Border Ideas

Written by lisa florey | 13/05/2017
Country Flower Garden Border Ideas
Country garden flower borders allow you to use your imagination. (Flower garden image by MAXFX from

Country flower gardens are informal and often have curving paths, benches, ponds and birdbaths scattered among the flower borders. Also known as a cottage garden or English country garden, these gardens are full of colour and fragrance. Country gardens allow you to be creative with your plants. Perennials and self-seeding flowers are ideal flowers to add to borders. When choosing plants, be sure to match the plants to your conditions, whether they are full sun, partial sun, shady or a mix of the three.


Country Flower Garden Border Ideas
Tulips add colour to your country garden in the spring. (red and yellow tulips image by Jorge Moro from

Plant bulbs in your country garden in the fall, and you're guaranteed to have some colour in the spring. Daffodil, iris and tulips all bloom in the early spring months, while daylilies and dahlias blossom a little later in the season. Plant gladiolus bulbs at varying times instead of all at once, and you can have gladiolus blooms all summer long. If you want colour in the fall, plant fall crocuses, autumn daffodils and hardy cyclamen.


Country Flower Garden Border Ideas
Forget-me-not is a common perennial found in cottage gardens. (a blue flowers of forget-me-not image by Maria Brzostowska from

Self-sowing perennials add low-maintenance colour to a cottage garden. Some choices include petunias, forget-me-not, black-eyed Susans, four-o'clock mix, alyssum, columbine and garden phlox. Depending on your taste, you can plan colours by carefully choosing seeds or starters in certain colours, or you can have random colours mixed together. Plant these perennials among the bulbs and you can have an ongoing show of colour in your garden for most of the warm-weather months.


Country Flower Garden Border Ideas
Clematis comes in a variety of colours and can be trained to climb a trellis or wall. (clematis 1 image by michael luckett from

Vines like morning glory, sweet pea, clematis and climbing roses add colour and texture to buildings, fences and trellises in a cottage garden. Most vines can be easily trained to climb with fabric or pantyhose ties. Varieties of honeysuckle and ivy can be grown as either climbing vines or ground cover.


Country Flower Garden Border Ideas
Foxglove grows tall and bright, adding colour anywhere in your country garden. (foxglove image by nix pics from

Large clumps of colour help fill in borders of the country garden. For the best impact, plant several of each variety in clumps throughout borders. Good options include hollyhock, foxglove, purple coneflower, cardinal flower, zinnia, cosmos and sunflower.


Country Flower Garden Border Ideas
Lavender adds colour and fragrance. (lavender image by Lytse from

You can add fragrant and useful herbs to your country garden borders. The purple of lavender and sage, yellow of chamomile and red or pink bee balm add colour, while herbs like anise hyssop, sage and thyme can add fragrance to your garden.

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