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Cherry 'Tai Haku' in blossom. Discover five of the best cherry trees for blossom: http://www.gardenersworld.com/blogs/plants/cherry-blossom/2767.html Photo by Marsha Arnold

Cherry 'Tai Haku' in blossom. Discover five of the best cherry trees for blossom: http://www.gardenersworld.com/blogs/plants/cherry-blossom/2767.html Photo by Marsha Arnold

Malus 'Red Swan': Graceful cascades of deep pink buds, then pristine white blooms, flow down the branches of this weeping Flowering Crabapple in spring. Lovely red fruits in fall. Size: 6' tall x 8' wide in 10 years. Plant zones: 4-7. --Klehm's Song Sparrow Farm and Nursery--Woody Plants--

Malus 'Red Swan': Graceful cascades of deep pink buds, then pristine white blooms, flow down the branches of this weeping Flowering Crabapple in spring. Lovely red fruits in fall. Size: 6' tall x 8' wide in 10 years. Plant zones: 4-7. --Klehm's Song Sparrow Farm and Nursery--Woody Plants--

A garden of yellow tulips and daffodils blossom in this cottage style garden. Planting bulbs separately from other blooming shrubs allows the tulips and daffodils' beautiful blooms to be the focus and so they don't compete with other flowers.

A garden of yellow tulips and daffodils blossom in this cottage style garden. Planting bulbs separately from other blooming shrubs allows the tulips and daffodils' beautiful blooms to be the focus and so they don't compete with other flowers.

When the wind blooms,  scabiosa’s  lavender, pink or white blooms often nod on their slender stems. Despite their rather unattractive name—scabiosa may come from a Latin word that refers to scabies, a skin disease that the plants were used to treat—the pretty, delicate flowers are butterfly magnets. The plants prefer full sun and tolerate drought and blossom until frost.

When the wind blooms, scabiosa’s lavender, pink or white blooms often nod on their slender stems. Despite their rather unattractive name—scabiosa may come from a Latin word that refers to scabies, a skin disease that the plants were used to treat—the pretty, delicate flowers are butterfly magnets. The plants prefer full sun and tolerate drought and blossom until frost.

Loved for their unique blossoms and bushy habit,  hydrangeas  are perfect for brightening a shady spot in the cottage garden. Bloom color depends on variety and soil pH: blue flowers appear when planted in more acid soil, and you can expect pink flowers in alkaline soils.

Loved for their unique blossoms and bushy habit, hydrangeas are perfect for brightening a shady spot in the cottage garden. Bloom color depends on variety and soil pH: blue flowers appear when planted in more acid soil, and you can expect pink flowers in alkaline soils.

Hesperis matronalis  Dame's Rocket     Perennials, Flowers    Old-fashioned cottage garden plant from central and southern Europe; naturalized in North America. Free-branching growth to 3 ft. high and wide. From late spring into summer, bears rounded clusters of 1/2-in., four-petaled lilac to purple flowers similar to those of stock (Matthiola); blossoms are fragrant at night. Grows readily from seed and often self-sows. When plants get old and woody, replace them with young seedlings.

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Hesperis matronalis Dame's Rocket Perennials, Flowers Old-fashioned cottage garden plant from central and southern Europe; naturalized in North America. Free-branching growth to 3 ft. high and wide. From late spring into summer, bears rounded clusters of 1/2-in., four-petaled lilac to purple flowers similar to those of stock (Matthiola); blossoms are fragrant at night. Grows readily from seed and often self-sows. When plants get old and woody, replace them with young seedlings.

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