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Colorful Cottage Garden Plan; Traditional cottage gardens often use a picket fence as a backdrop, but you can also use a wall or evergreen hedge. The idea is to create a backdrop to highlight the lovely flowers. The bed measures approximately 8'x4' and should be placed in full sun.

Find useful gardening tips and articles at http://www.thebloomingoasis.com Zinnias: try combining with Cosmos and Cleome. Find out how to grow cut flowers from seed at http://www.gardenersworld.com/how-to/projects/seeds-and-bulbs/how-to-raise-cut-flowers-from-seed/3720.html

A lovely white-flowered variety of this easily-grown campanula which covers its low mounds of foliage with upward-facing white bells for weeks in summer. It is useful for rockeries and alpine troughs and is robust enough to plant at the front of a border where it will bring pockets of freshness to the most sizzling summer day.

Allium, Rosenbachianum Mix Large globes that are the earliest to flower. This is a brilliant mix for the beginner bulb gardener. Easy to grow and rare, these alliums produce 5" globes of star-shaped flower heads in purple, white and blue. lifecycle: Perennial Zone: 4-8 Uses: Beds, Borders, Cut Flowers, Dried Flowers Sun: Full Sun Height: 2-3 feet Spread: 2-3 inches

Agapathus- Agapanthus requires full sun and a fertile soil which should be moist rather than dry, but not boggy. They are fleshy-rooted plants that produce clumps of sword like foliage which dies back in winter to emerge again the following spring. Blooms lean toward the sun.

A. Shasta daisy (Leucanthemum x superbum), Zones 4-9 B. Lobelia, annual C. Bearded iris (Iris x germanica), Zones 3-10 D. Brazilian verbena (Verbena bonariensis), Zones 7-11, or annual E. Rose (Rosa spp.), Zones 5-9, depending on cultivar F. Delphinium 'Pacific Giant', Zones 3-7 G. Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea), biennial Zones 4-9 H. Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus), annual I. English lavendar (Lavandula angustifolia), Zones 5-8 J. Vinca (Catharanthus roseus), annual

Sweet Alyssum Known for its carpet of lightly fragrant flowers in white, rose, lavender, or purple, sweet alyssum is an easy-to-grow, low-maintenance cool-season annual. Rarely growing more than 6 inches tall and 1 foot wide, sweet alyssum is a good addition to edgings, beds, rock gardens, hanging baskets, and window boxes.

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