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An old-fashioned cottage garden not only looks and smells wonderful, it also attracts wildlife too. A cottage garden should inspire your senses, it should look natural, smell wonderful and taste just as good, as many plants and flowers grown in a cottage garden are edible.

How To Grow Your Own Lavender. Lavender is an herb that has been used for centuries and offers a plethora of health benefits. Originally grown in the Mediterranean, lavender flowers and oil are widely used. Lavender also grows quite well in containers. In the Deep South, it actually does better in pots, as it benefits from improved drainage and air circulation.

Evelyn Climbing - named on behalf of Crabtree & Evelyn who use it in their range of rose perfumes, I've grown this in one of my gardens and it's unforgettable with a "sumptuous fruity note reminiscent of fresh peaches and apricot."

English Daisy, Habanera Mix, Bellis perennis. Compact 6 inch tall plants thrive in cooler weather and can be grown the same way as pansies. They produce huge quantities of large, 2 inch, quilled, double flowers from early spring to early summer. Colors include red, rose, white with red tips, and white. Often self-sows. Prefers part shade and regular moisture. Winter hardy to zone 3; Perennial in cooler climates and biennial in warmer areas.