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Bellflower- best plants for cottage gardens This tough perennial produces spikes of white or blue blooms in early and midsummer. Like most cottage garden plants, the flowers are great for cutting. Name: Campanula percisifolia Growing conditions: Full sun or part shade and well-drained soil Height: To 3 feet tall Zones: 3-8, depending on variety More on Growing Bellflower

Brunnera Light:Part Sun,Shade Zones:3-8 Plant Type:Perennial Plant Height:12-18 inches tall Plant Width:18-24 inches wide

Perennial Geranium There are a wealth of geraniums perfect for cottage gardens. 'Johnson's Blue' is among the most common; it offers beautiful blue-purple flowers in early summer. Name: Geranium 'Johnson's Blue' Growing conditions: Full sun or part shade and well-drained soil Height: To 18 inches tall Zones: 4-8

Hollyhock Though it's a biennial or short-lived perennial, hollyhock reseeds itself, so you can be sure you'll always have a crop of the colorful summertime spires in your yard. Plant Name: Alcea rosea Growing Conditions: Full sun or part shade and moist, well-drained soil Size: To 6 feet tall and 2 feet wide

Eastern Bluestar~ We love this stalwart perennial and hope to see it used more in gardens. The tall plants sport blue, star-shaped flowers in spring. They're loved by migrating butterflies. Added bonus: These pest-free plants also have attractive yellow fall color. Name: Amsonia tabernaemontana Growing Conditions: Full sun, moist, well-drained soil Size: To 4 feet tall Zones: 4-9

Veronica is easy-to-grow and may be the longest-blooming perennials in your garden! More perennials:

Columbine or aquilegia is a herbaceous perennial that is drought tolerant (once established) and self-seeds if not deadheaded. The plant grows to 2' tall when in bloom and blooms late spring-early summer. Flowers come in a variety of colors. Grow in part shade. Best in rock and woodland gardens and as edging plants. Zones 3-9