For a more romantic look, combine cottage garden favorites, such as fragrant catmint (Nepeta sp) with perennial sage (Salvia sp). Their mounding forms are punctuated here by spheres of lilac alliums, held aloft on sturdy stems. This is a great drought-tolerant summer trio for full sun.

Planting of cooler colors with catmint, Nepeta mussinii, blending with mauve alliums and deep purple salvias. Contemporary landscape by Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design

Wollerton Old Hall Garden by Clive Nichols. Spikes and compact small petals.

How to: plant a herbaceous perennial border

This seemed to me to be cottage garden planting density. Delicate blooms in pink, white, and purple nearly cover the antique urn in this English garden at Wollerton Old Hall. Photo by Clive Nichols Garden Photography.

front yard - all mediterranean herbs - lavender, rosemary, etc. gravel, circle for seating

How to Keep Your Garden Alive During a Drought

winning combinations: Echinacea, white & purple, Eryngium, Perovskia and Moilinia

How to Create Great Plant Combinations-Echinacea, white & purple, Eryngium, Perovskia and Moilinia

really like this clean, elegant but still cosy look for a garden seating area.

10 Cheap but creative ideas for your garden 6

really like this clean, elegant but still cosy look for a garden seating area. - Gardening And Patio

It's time to sort out the back garden.. Different Decking Idea and Inspiration!

It's time to sort out the back garden.. Different Decking Idea and Inspiration!

Paint colour on walls. olive trees in courtyard. Evergreen, soft grey tones, hardy and easily shaped. Paint colour on walls

The main entertaining area includes built in hardwood seating, outdoor lighting and a shade sail for shelter on those rainy days… All this makes this garden space a great place to enjoy well into the evening.

TOP 10 PLANTS TO PERK UP THE FALL GARDEN

The main entertaining area includes built in hardwood seating, outdoor lighting and a shade sail for shelter on those rainy days… All this makes this garden space a great place to enjoy well into the evening. For the corner near the back door

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