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85 Stunning Small Cottage Garden Ideas for Backyard Inspiration

59 Stunning Small Cottage Garden Ideas for Backyard Inspiration

Cottage garden designs bring a classic, soft vibe to your landscape. Create a garden that’s big on color—but small on labor. While formal gardens thrive on order and well-defined spaces, cottage gardens bubble in cheerful tangles of flowers that form a kaleidoscope of hue and texture.

Starting a cottage garden from scratch. Don’t create a monster that you don’t have time to feed regularly. Keep your cottage garden small, and most of all, fun. Starting with good, rich, organic soil where plants will thrive with a minimum of watering and fertilizing cuts the work from the star. Much work in a cottage garden layouts comes from not having the right plant in the right place.


Choose high-performance, almost bulletproof plants. There is no absolutely right way or wrong way to create a cottage garden, so choose what you love. Mulching helps maintain soil moisture levels and prevents weeds from growing. As organic mulch (bark, compost, or leaf mold) breaks down, it improves soil. Mulch also gives the garden a neater, more unified look.



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