5 beautiful cottage garden ideas to update your space this weekend

These cottage garden ideas are a great way to give your space a quick revamp as we head into autumn

cottage garden ideas showing a watering can filled with cut flowers
(Image credit: M&L Paints)

It's hard to beat the charm of a traditional cottage garden, especially after a long summer with flowerbeds packed with gorgeous plants and flowers in full bloom. And even though we're starting to say goodbye to summer, there's still so much to enjoy in our gardens in September

From harvesting veg to deadheading hanging baskets and pruning your roses, there's plenty to keep your occupied in a cottage garden this month. So if you're looking for some quick and easy ways to give your space a refresh this month, we've rounded up some of our favourites. Keep scrolling for our ideas, and don't miss all our garden design ideas in our gallery. 

1. Tidy up your space

yellow painted door in a cottage style garden

(Image credit: Farrow & Ball)

We've still got everything crossed for an Indian summer this September so we can carry on enjoying our outside spaces for as long as possible, but in the meantime it's a great opportunity to tidy up your garden and give woodwork a refresh before the cold weather arrives. Make sure any climbing plants are kept in check and aren't covering up windows and doors – although they look fabulous, they can damage brickwork and creep into every nook and cranny if left to their own devices. This vibrant yellow painted door would add a bold splash of colour to any cottage garden, but it would work equally well in a modern modern space. Want to give it a go? This statement shade is called Yellowcake by Farrow & Ball

2. Look after your wildlife

decorative bird feeder in a garden

(Image credit: The National Trust)

As the days and nights inevitably begin to get colder in autumn, it’s time to keep an eye on our many feathered friends who enjoy spending time in our gardens. This charming ceramic bird feeder from the National Trust is a quick and inexpensive update for any cottage garden. It comes with a strong metal hanger so you can hang it from tree branches and enjoy watching the many birds that are guaranteed to come and feed from it over the winter months. Head to our feature on how to attract birds to your garden for more advice. 

3. Cut flowers for a beautiful display

watering can filled with cut flowers

(Image credit: M&L Paints)

The best cottage gardens are filled with an abundance of beautiful blooms that are always a treat for the senses, but at this time of year it's important to keep a sharp eye on temperatures. Once the first frost appears it will kill your flowers, so start cutting them now to enjoy in your home, or why not give them away as gifts wrapped in some brown paper and tied with ribbon or twine? If you're after a unique look, consider displaying your cut flowers in an unusual container, such as a vintage watering can like this. Painted in Burnt Orange by M&L Paints, we think it's a beautiful way to show off pretty cottage garden blooms.

4. Think about your spring bulbs

GoodHome Durum Transplanter from B&Q used to plant seeds

(Image credit: B&Q)

September is the time to start thinking about sowing both seeds and bulbs so you can enjoy them in your cottage garden come spring. Daffodil, crocus and hyacinth bulbs can go straight in and you can add chrysanthemum and sedum to your borders for an extra splash of colour right now. Seed-wise, consider sowing Ammi, cornflowers, larkspur and corncockle so they can start now and be ready to bloom when spring appears. 

5. Make the most of September sunshine

A garden bench with pretty cushions and throws

(Image credit: Iliv)

Although we're now in September, there’s still plenty of time left to sit outside and enjoy views of your cottage garden. All you need is a cosy throw for those cooler evenings and a cushion or two for some added comfort. We love these floral prints from Iliv, featuring Summerby, Cottage Garden in Amber and Maidenhair in Fennel. They really depict the feel of country living and are perfect for those of us who adore flowers. 

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