Cottage gardens are more old fashioned in appearance, and represent samplers of scattered plantings. When in full bloom they are spectacular. Naturally, I've complicated matters here by using lots of passalongs in concert with mostly native perennial plants. As opposed to an abundance of seasonally coordinated annuals, a problem with perennials in the cottage garden (if you can call it that) is they rarely all bloom at the same time.
As a matter of fact, native perennials (and reseeding annuals) have evolved to fill a particular niche timewise as well as microclimate wise. I suppose if they did all bloom together they'd be competing for pollinators and competition dodged is competition won when it comes to surviving in the Texas countryside. I respect that.
Regardless, occasionally when I squint and angle the camera just so, I catch a shot that captures as close to a cottage garden look as my beds usually provide. No pull out all the stops, everything in bloom at one time showstoppers here, but more typically two things in bloom together. Like so.
And here, my current favorite, which appeals to me more as a matter of focus than variety but who cares, because look: Profusion, suggested.
And to wrap things up today, a glimpse not at flowers but at two foliage plants I love, which also represent where I can get into my own particular version of garden troubles.
This little beauty is Mimosa pudica, or sensitive plant. The leaves fold up as a protective measure at the slightest touch. The novelty of that aside, I love the way it looks and the fact it creeps along just above ground level, quietly providing a gorgeous green backdrop underneath other showier plants.