My niece showed me a great search in google images that I think will give you some lovely ideas of what I think you may like Type 'tumblr gardens' and see what you think
Harriet, this is my Cottage Garden at the moment;
As you can see, at this time of the year it is a tangle. There are Hollyhocks planted from seed this spring which will flower next year, Roses, Verbena Bonarienses, herbs in pots, Cosmos, Gypsophila etc.
Oh artjak, perfect garden You so knew I would love it
BM , but I think I should change the name to 'Water Butt Cottage' It's impossible to take a pic without water butts I've got 4 of them as I know plants prefer rain water.
Hope the pics are of some use to Harriet.
Water butts make for a perfect cottage garden
Hope we get some more pics Sorry I'm greedy x
You're welcome Harriet and hope you keep us posted with your plans
You may like our shabby chic thread, I'll bump it to top of latest posts for you
I love your garden Artjak with plants everywhere you look and lots of surprises
Artjak it looks lovely