Paper daisies, Nemesia, Salvia, Geranium, French lavender, and Cleome.

Subtropical Cottage Gardens

Here in Brisbane a Cottage Garden seems a distant and unattainable garden dream but with careful and appropriate selection of plant species you can still create a beautiful floriferous cottage garden that would give any cool climate cottage a garden run for its money.

I personally like to create more of a colonial cottage look, carefully mixing Australian natives with exotic perennials and shrubs. For me even edibles can be incorporated into this design style; you can’t get more ornamental than Meyer lemon or cumquat in full fruit.

My Top 5 Perennial Choices.
Salvias all spp & cultivars
Aloe cultivars
Lavandula dentata ‘French lavender’
Strobilanthes hamiltoniana ‘Pacific Bells’
Tagetes lemonni ‘Mexican marigold’

My Top 5 Shrub Choices
Streptosolen jamesonii “Browallia’
Brunfelsia latifolia ‘Yesterday Today and Tomorrow’
Rondeltia amoena ‘Rondelitia’
Camellia sasanqua cultivars
Solanum rantonettii ‘Blue potato bush’

My Top 5 climbers
Stephanotis floribunda ‘Madagascan jasmine’
Quisqualis indica “Rangoon creeper’
Clitoria ternate ‘Blue butterfly pea’
Podranea ricasoliana
Allamanda cultivars

My Top Australian natives that fit into a cottage feel.
Thryptomene saxicola var.f.c.payne
Leptospermum scoparium
Grevillea’s assorted species and cultivars
Pultanea villuosa
Westringia longifolia

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