List of Cottage Garden Plants


In the book Midwest Cottage Gardening, Manos provides an exhaustive list of cottage garden plants.

Achillea [Yarrow]

Achillea grows best in rather poor soil, dry soil.  Soil that is too dirt will destroy the plant.  Yarrow needs to be divided every 2 or 3 years.  If you deadhead, it can bloom from June until frost.

Achillea millefolium (Common yarrow) #26288

Common Yarrow – Aster family – Does not recommend this old variety of yarrow

Achillea millefolium L.

Common yarrow, Western yarrow, Yarrow, – Can be invasive

Height: 2.00 to 3.00 feet
Spread: 2.00 to 3.00 feet
Bloom Time: June to September
Bloom Description: White
Sun: Full sun

Common Yarrow (Achillea millefolium 'White Beauty')

For a white, the author recommends White Beauty Height 18″ – 24″  It is not invasive

Achillea millefolium ‘Cerise Queen’

Cerise Queen – 18″ – 29″

This selection has cherry-pink clusters. Good for cutting, fresh or dried. Remove faded flowers regularly to promote continued blooming. Inclined to spread, so site this carefully or plan to reduce the clumps each spring. Easily divided in fall or early spring. Plants may be trimmed back hard after the first flush of bloom, to maintain a compact habit

A. Rosea – 24″ – 30″

 A. Fire King

Achillea millefolium, Yarrow A. Paprika – 2′ – 3′ – To encourage new growth, cut this back after bloom

 A. Moonshine

1′ to 2′

 A. Anthea

18″ – 24″

A. Filipendulina – Fernleaf Yarrow 3′ – 4′ – The tallest

Many say Coronation gold is the best; it is not floppy

 A. tomentosa King Edward –

Wooly Yarrow groundover  6″ – 12″

A. ptarmica – The Pearl – Alternative to Babys Breath – 19″ Improvement of Sneezewort

Organic gardeners claim that when yarrow leaves are added to compost, it speeds the decomposition.

Adenphora confusa – Ladybell 


Improvement over older Bellflowers

We must admit to a fondness for blue flowers. Adenophora is a genus in the Bellflower family, with about 40 species that are hard to tell from Campanulas unless you are a botanist. By far the best is our old friend, A. confuse, or Ladybells, a lovely plant whose 36-40in stems bear rows of large, purplish blue flowers in July and August. This is another excellent blue with no enemies on the color wheel, and it’s an easy keeper in full sun or partial shade and evenly moist but well-drained soil.

Aegopodium podagraria L. variegated
Bishops Goutweed
Apiaceae — Carrot family

Great for shady areas with poor soil

The solid green is boring and looks like poison ivy

A colourful, variegated selection of our common ground elder, Aegopodium podagraria ‘Variegata’ is much slower to spread and makes an elegant and understated ground cover. The leaves are lobed, light green and edged in creamy white. Clusters of white flowers rise above the foliage in early summer.

Aegopodium podagraria ‘Variegata’ is a tough, low maintenance ground cover plant which also grows well in a large container

 Ajuga Bugleweed

Alchemilla erythropoda – Lady’s mantle

Perhaps not suited for American gardens

Alchemilla alpina – Lady’s mantle [below]  

Author likes this one – great companion for daylilies

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Allium cernuum – Nodding onion

12″ – 18″

Curly Garlic

Anemones – Wind Flowers

Need a liberal amount of compost

 Anemone robustissimma

Anthemis Golden Marguerite

Aquilegia Columbine – Colorado

Likes shade

1′ – 3′

Arisaema triphyllum – Jack in the pulpit

Artemesia lactiflora [above]

Artemesia Angel Hair [above] Must have total sun

Artemesia Wormwood Lambrook Silver – Author prefers


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