6 Steps to a No-Work Cottage Garden: Some of Trout's favorite plants include purple coneflower, wild indigo, 'Stella d'Oro' or 'Happy Returns' daylily, New England aster and Russian sage For foliage interest, try lady's mantle, lambs' ears or blue fescue
5 Inspiring Ways to Create a Cottage Style Garden ~ Humpdays with Houzz - Town & Country Living. Roger this ?? could work well in the front to give a bit of interest to the front of the house which is a bit dull at the moment and does not work that well.
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