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20 Best Cottage Flowers for Gardens

Cottage with beautiful floral landscape in front

There’s something magical about driving down a country lane and looking at all the flowers tucked in front of homes and cottages. While the flowers themselves are undeniably beautiful, we also like to think about the care that went into selecting, planting, and tending each one of these cottage garden plants!

If you want to create your own cottage garden but aren’t sure where to start, we’re here to help. We’ve put together a list of 20 of the best flowers for creating that cottage core vibe you’re after.

Daylily (Hemerocallis)

Close-up of peach-colored daylily

Daylilies are supremely hardy plants that can grow in a variety of light and soil conditions. Although each flower blooms for just one day, daylily plants continuously send out new blooms. Despite their name and trumpet-shaped flowers, they’re not true lilies.

Plant size: 2-4 feet

Color: orange, yellow, pink, white, and/or red

Hardiness zone: 3-9

Coral Bells (Heuchera spp.)

Pink coral bell plant outside at night

This classic cottage flower produces colorful foliage and tall flower stalks covered with small, bell-shaped flowers. The plants are quite hardy and can thrive in both sun and shade. However, they’ll produce more flowers in full sun.

Plant size: 1-3 feet

Color: coral, red, white, or pink

Hardiness zone: 4-9

Common Daisy (Bellis perennis)

Common daisies growing outside in a field

The iconic white and yellow version of daisies is a must-have if you’re looking for cottage core flowers. You can also choose modern varieties with ruffled petals or multi-colored blooms.

Plant size: 6-18 inches

Color: white, yellow, pink, red, orange

Hardiness zone: 4-9

Larkspur (Consolida ajacis)

Purple larkspur flowers in a field

Thanks to its tall, upright flower stalks, larkspur is a great choice for planting along fences or sticking in the back of mixed plantings. These plants are annuals, but since they readily self-seed, you can plant them once and enjoy them for years.

Plant size: 2-4 feet

Color: white, pink, purple, or blue

Hardiness zone: 2-11

Penstemon (Penstemon spp.)

Pink penstemon flowers growing outside

Also known as beardtongues, penstemon plants are beloved for their hardy native and tall stalks covered with tubular flowers. You can find hundreds of species and cultivars that vary in height, flower color, and leaf color. All types of penstemon grow best in full sun.

Plant size: 1-5 feet

Color: pink, purple, red, white, blue

Hardiness zone: 3-9

Hellebore (Helleborus orientalis)

Hellebore flowers growing outside

A great cottage flower for shady areas, hellebores are some of the first flowers to bloom each year. Their dainty, rose-like flowers appear around Lent, giving them the common name Lenten rose. After the flowers are done blooming, their large leaves make an attractive ground cover.

Plant size: 1-2 feet

Color: pink, white, or purple

Hardiness zone: 3-9

Hollyhock (Alcea rosea)

Close-up of pink hollyhock flower

A popular choice for growing along fences and sides of barns, hollyhocks are some of the best tall cottage garden flowers. Hollyhocks are biennial, meaning they produce vegetative growth in their first year, flower in their second year, and then die. Therefore, you should plant them each year if you want to enjoy their blooms each summer.

Plant size: 3-7 feet

Color: pink, white, red, purple, blue, orange, or yellow

Hardiness zone: 2-10

Rose (Rosa spp.)

Red rose growing outside

Whether you want a petite bush for the containers beside your porch or a climbing rose to cover an arbor or fence, you can find a rose that does the job. All roses make excellent cottage garden flowers, but wild roses and old garden roses are especially suitable options.

Plant size: 1-15 feet

Color: white, red, pink, yellow, orange, purple

Hardiness zone: 4-9

Peony (Paeonia spp.)

Close-up of light pink peony

Known for their large flowers with layers and layers of ruffled blooms, peonies are one of the key cottage flowers. Healthy plants can grow multiple feet tall and wide, making them a good choice for a focal plant in the garden.

Plant size: 2-4 feet

Color: pink, red, white, or orange

Hardiness zone: 3-8

Hydrangea (Hydrangea spp.)

Close-up of pink and white hydrangea growing outside

You can find many different types of hydrangeas, including the aptly named oakleaf hydrangea and the large bigleaf hydrangea. Some hydrangeas produce flowers that change in color depending on the soil acidity; acidic soil leads to blue flowers while alkaline soil causes pink flowers.

Plant size: 3-15

Color: white, pink, purple, or blue

Hardiness zone: 3-9

Phlox (Phlox spp.)

White and pink phlox flowers growing outside

With more than 50 different phlox species available, you can find phlox with creeping, trailing, and upright forms. That means you can tuck moss phlox into pockets on the top of rock walls, plant woodland phlox in shady areas, and mix tall phlox with other sun-loving flowers.

Plant size: 6-60 inches

Color: pink, purple, white, or red

Hardiness zone: 3-9

Bellflower (Campanula spp.)

Purple bellflowers growing outside

A group of flowers with bell-shaped blooms, bellflowers brighten up the garden in the spring and early summer. Some species have large blooms that resemble small dinner bells while others have smaller flowers along tall stems.

Plant size: 6-30 inches

Color: pink, purple, blue or white

Hardiness zone: 3-8

Columbine (Aquilegia spp.)

Close-up of white columbine flower

A perfect perennial flower for cottage gardens and native plant gardens, columbine is beloved by gardeners, hummingbirds, and bees alike. The trumpet-shaped flowers feature large petals and often include multiple colors.

Plant size: 1-3 feet

Color: pink, red, yellow, white, blue, and/or purple

Hardiness zone: 3-9

Iris (Iris spp.)

Purple iris growing outside

Iris plants feature slender, elongated leaves that resemble slim swords. When spring arrives, the plants send up tall flower stalks topped with unique flowers. There are many different iris species that range from a foot to multiple feet tall.

Plant size: 1-4 feet

Color: white, purple, blue, yellow,

Hardiness zone: 3-9

Lavender (Lavandula)

Field of purple lavender flowers growing outside

If you have well-draining soil and lots of sun, lavender is an excellent cottage flower. The plants produce amazingly fragrant foliage and flowers, and their perennial nature means the plants come back year after year.

Plant size: 2-3 feet

Color: purple

Hardiness zone: 5-9

Forget-Me-Not (Myosotis spp.)

Field of blue forget-me-not flowers outside

If you want to create a sea of dainty blue flowers, forget-me-nots are the perfect cottage flowers. Although these plants are annuals, they readily self-seed and come back year after year. Blue forget-me-nots are by far the most common color, but you can also find white, pink, and lavender varieties.

Plant size: 1-2 feet

Color: blue, white, pink, or purple

Hardiness zone: 3-9

Yarrow (Achillea spp.)

Various colors of yarrow flowers growing outside

A classic native flower that attracts all kinds of pollinators, yarrow is at home in any cottage and countryside garden. The large umbels of tiny flowers continue to bloom from spring through fall, and the hardy plants can tolerate drought and poor soil.

Plant size: 2-3 feet

Color: white, pink, red, orange, yellow, or purple

Hardiness zone: 3-9

Dianthus (Dianthus spp.)

Violet and white dianthus flowers growing outside

Lovingly known as “pinks,” members of the Dianthus genus include carnations, Sweet William, and cheddar pinks. All of these plants feature flowers with thin, delicate petals arranged in a round shape.

Plant size: 1-2 feet

Color: white, pink, or red

Hardiness zone: 3-9

Bee Balm (Monarda spp.)

Pink bee balm flowers growing outside

Bee balm’s nectar and pollen-rich blooms make it one of the best cottage flowers for attracting pollinators. Bees, butterflies, moths, and hummingbirds flock to the round flowers to feed.

Plant size: 2-4 feet

Color: pink, purple, or red

Hardiness zone: 3-9

Delphinium (Delphinium spp.)

Blue-purple delphinium flowers growing outside

This group of cottage flowers has impressively tall stalks covered with handfuls of beautiful flowers. Not only do these plants look gorgeous when growing against fences or walls, but they also hold up well as a cut flower.

Plant size: 2-8 feet

Color: blue, purple, white, or pink

Hardiness zone: 3-7

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Now that you know what flowers to plant in a cottage garden, it’s time to pick out your favorites and get planting! Or, if you want to enjoy cottage flowers in a bouquet rather than in your garden, you can order a flower delivery from our Destinations Collection. Along with including popular countryside flowers, we’ve put together some bouquets featuring the best tropical flowers, mountain flowers, and coastal flowers. So, no matter which environment makes you feel at home, you can find farm-fresh flowers to match.

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