Collection: Cottage Garden Flower Seeds & Bulbs

Romance, whimsy and informal beauty. A cottage garden style of planting combines all these. Compared to a more carefully manicured look, a cottage garden mixes colors and plant heights to achieve a spontaneous and informal look that is loved by many. We have selected some of our favorite cottage garden flowers to help get you started on the free-spirited, rustic garden of your dreams.

Planting the cottage garden of your dreams

  • 30 of our most popular cottage garden selections
  • Cottage gardens provide whimsy to your yard
  • Perfect for feeling like you are inside of a serene painting
  • Mix and match for an informal look

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    Purple Coneflower Seeds (Echinacea)

    This native perennial is a treasured herbal medicine

    Purple Coneflower Seeds (Echinacea)

    This native perennial is a treasured herbal medicine
    Regular price As Low As $4.49
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    Lavender Seeds

    As fragrant as it is popular, the "True Lavender"

    Lavender Seeds

    As fragrant as it is popular, the "True Lavender"
    Regular price As Low As $4.99
    Regular price Sale price As Low As $4.99
  • main-collection-product-grid Black Eyed Susan

    Black Eyed Susan Seeds

    This distinctive wildflower is a North American native and great for a kid's garden

    Black Eyed Susan Seeds

    This distinctive wildflower is a North American native and great for a kid's garden
    Regular price As Low As $4.49
    Regular price Sale price As Low As $4.49
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    Rocket Larkspur Seeds - Tall Mix

    Great in fresh and dried arrangements, as they keep their colors very well

    Rocket Larkspur Seeds - Tall Mix

    Great in fresh and dried arrangements, as they keep their colors very well
    Regular price As Low As $4.49
    Regular price Sale price As Low As $4.49
  • main-collection-product-grid shasta daisy

    Daisy Seeds - Shasta

    The quintessential perennial daisy is an iconic cut flower

    Daisy Seeds - Shasta

    The quintessential perennial daisy is an iconic cut flower
    Regular price As Low As $4.49
    Regular price Sale price As Low As $4.49
  • main-collection-product-grid dahlia old rose mix

    Dahlia Bulbs (Ball & Decorative) - Old Rose Mix

    A timeless collection of vintage-toned ball and decorative blooms

    Dahlia Bulbs (Ball & Decorative) - Old Rose Mix

    A timeless collection of vintage-toned ball and decorative blooms
    Regular price As Low As $47.29
    Regular price Sale price As Low As $47.29
  • main-collection-product-grid foxglove excelsior mix

    Foxglove Seeds - Excelsior Mix

    Add elegance to your garden with these pastel biennial blooms

    Foxglove Seeds - Excelsior Mix

    Add elegance to your garden with these pastel biennial blooms
    Regular price As Low As $4.79
    Regular price Sale price As Low As $4.79
  • main-collection-product-grid hosta white feather

    Hosta Roots - White Feather

    Cream-colored foliage adds interest to a predominantly green garden

    Hosta Roots - White Feather

    Cream-colored foliage adds interest to a predominantly green garden
    Regular price As Low As $16.79
    Regular price Sale price As Low As $16.79
  • main-collection-product-grid johnny jump up

    Johnny Jump Up Seeds

    From groundcover to garnish, there's endless potential for this versatile wildflower

    Johnny Jump Up Seeds

    From groundcover to garnish, there's endless potential for this versatile wildflower
    Regular price As Low As $4.79
    Regular price Sale price As Low As $4.79
  • main-collection-product-grid hollyhock chaters double

    Hollyhock Seeds - Chaters Double

    A rainbow of full, double blooms shaped like peony flowers

    Hollyhock Seeds - Chaters Double

    A rainbow of full, double blooms shaped like peony flowers
    Regular price As Low As $4.79
    Regular price Sale price As Low As $4.79
  • main-collection-product-grid button box zinnia

    Zinnia Seeds (Dwarf) - Button Box Mix

    No two blooms in this adorable mix look exactly alike

    Zinnia Seeds (Dwarf) - Button Box Mix

    No two blooms in this adorable mix look exactly alike
    Regular price As Low As $4.49
    Regular price Sale price As Low As $4.49
  • main-collection-product-grid sweet pea old spice

    Sweet Pea Seeds - Old Spice Mix

    A gorgeous and fragrant mix of the finest sweet peas

    Sweet Pea Seeds - Old Spice Mix

    A gorgeous and fragrant mix of the finest sweet peas
    Regular price As Low As $4.79
    Regular price Sale price As Low As $4.79
  • main-collection-product-grid peony coral bouquet

    Peony Roots - Coral Bouquet Mix

    Coral and cream blooms complement one another in the garden and vase

    Peony Roots - Coral Bouquet Mix

    Coral and cream blooms complement one another in the garden and vase
    Regular price As Low As $45.19
    Regular price Sale price As Low As $45.19
  • main-collection-product-grid sunflower tall teddy bear

    Sunflower Seeds - Tall Teddy Bear

    These fully feathered golden blooms are extremely unique among sunflowers
    Out of Stock

    Sunflower Seeds - Tall Teddy Bear

    These fully feathered golden blooms are extremely unique among sunflowers
    Regular price As Low As $4.49
    Regular price Sale price As Low As $4.49
    Out of Stock
  • main-collection-product-grid burpeeana zinnia

    Zinnia Seeds - Burpeeana Giants Mix

    A heat-loving mix of vibrant cactus-flowered blooms

    Zinnia Seeds - Burpeeana Giants Mix

    A heat-loving mix of vibrant cactus-flowered blooms
    Regular price As Low As $4.49
    Regular price Sale price As Low As $4.49
  • main-collection-product-grid wild blue iris

    Wild Blue Iris Seeds

    North American wildflower boasts deeply veined petals in a rare shade of blue

    Wild Blue Iris Seeds

    North American wildflower boasts deeply veined petals in a rare shade of blue
    Regular price As Low As $5.49
    Regular price Sale price As Low As $5.49

Planting the cottage garden of your dreams

  • 30 of our most popular cottage garden selections
  • Cottage gardens provide whimsy to your yard
  • Perfect for feeling like you are inside of a serene painting
  • Mix and match for an informal look

What makes a cottage garden unique?

When people say cottage garden, generally they are referencing a distinct style that utilizes informal design with dense plantings that include ornamental and edible plants. The style is English in origin and relies more on charm, whimsy, and grace than formal structure and grandeur. Basically, it's a garden with creative charm, playfulness, and softness. Yet, it is not quite the wild, free flowing look of a wildflower garden. There is some structure to a cottage garden, but it is a soft structure with plenty of grace, charisma and resplendent color.

The original cottage gardens were first planted by British laborers who had very little land and no real desire for flowers. Their goal was simply food for their families, and herbs for medicine. Some Flowers were incorporated for fragrant purposes (due to the lack of bathing facilities in the home), as well as for the purpose of warding off insects that were eating crops. Ironically, at the end of the 18th century, some members of the wealthy gentry came to idealize cottage life, thus creating their own, more lavish versions of cottage gardens. That is the point in which what we now know as cottage gardening came to be.

The best flowers for cottage gardens

Our Cottage Garden Flower selection is a great place to start when you are looking to embark on planting your very own cottage garden. Alliums, catmints, foxglove, lavender, sweet peas, and purple coneflower are all incredibly popular choices. However, the possibilities are endless. Remember, it's your garden, so plant the flowers that will bring you the most joy when strolling through them, sipping on your afternoon tea. So long as you have a romantic jumble of bulbs, flowering shrubs, annuals, and perennials that is not too carefully manicured, you are on your way.

Tips for planting a cottage garden at home

For the best results, have a loose idea of where you are planting, what you are planting, and the individual plant requirements. It can be helpful to draw out a garden plan. Invest in quality soil, and try to avoid high-maintenance plants that will require special care.

When selecting and planting your garden, remember to group plants with similar water, soil, and sun requirements together to ensure proper growth and ease of maintenance. Refer to the individual species planting guides for detailed planting instructions.