Gracious and welcoming, filled with old-fashioned flowers and billowing foliage, a cottage garden is what many homeowners’ dreams are made of. Abundant, colorful blooms combine with lush hedges, crisp white picket fences, and graceful garden arches to create a compelling juxtaposition of structure and informality that inspires leisurely strolls and daydreaming.
When Michele and Marc Flaster moved into their home in Nantucket, Massachusetts, some years ago, the front of the house was wrapped by a charming, if basic, upsized version of a cottage garden. It was dominated by blue mophead hydrangeas, perennials such as Shasta daisies and roses, and lots of annuals, including snapdragons and sweet alyssum. Michele settled in happily and over time added plants she loved—peonies, daylilies, phlox, astilbe, sedum, lavender—customizing the mix to her own taste.
Shown: A picket fence, with a gated arch, frames this cottage-style entry garden in Nantucket. The flower beds’ undulating curves echo the billowing forms of the blooming hydrangeas and daylilies.