Try these 9 Old Fashioned Flowering Bulbs and Peony for Your Cottage Garden

Flowering bulbs and peonies can come in a wide variety of species, colors, and sizes. You’ll be able to find a kind which has colorful blossoms and huge flowers. And with the number of choices available today, you might be having a hard time choosing what to plant in your cottage garden. If you’re trying to start your own garden, you might be unsure how or where to start – fortunately, this article can provide all the help you need when it comes to choosing what flowering bulbs and peonies to plant in your cottage garden.


Before you’ll learn how to grow peonies, you should know what type of plants to grow first. The strategies you should and shouldn’t use in your cottage garden usually depend on the kind of plants you choose to have. To help you out, here are some nine old-fashioned flowering bulbs and peonies for your cottage garden:


1.    Allium


As a homeowner, you’d want your home and property to stand out. This is something you can achieve when you plant allium in your cottage garden.


These plants can add a pop of color to any property – all thanks to its purple blooms and unique architectural seed heads! If you want to transform your cottage property with this beaut, make sure to plant them in one area. And if possible, plant them near low-growing bushes or shrubs as the stems of allium stand out from other  greeneries. Don’t forget to remember the following tips when you’re growing allium, as well:


  • Alliums will require full sun so make sure you’re going to plant these in an area which receives the most amount of sunlight in your cottage garden. This plant requires well-drained soil, too.


  • Depending on the type of allium you choose to plant and grow in your cottage garden, make sure to plant them at least 10-15 cm apart. This spacing is enough for all your alliums to have the right amount of sunlight, soil, and water.


  • Regularly cut the leaves from the stems of your allium. However, you should only do these when the leaves are completely brown.


2.    Begonia


Are you looking for new ways to add life to your boring patio? Do you want to impress your guests and family with colors when they’re staying at your property? Planting different types of begonias can be the solution you’re looking for. This kind of flowering bulbs can add colors to any area of your property for long periods because these can bloom from summer all the way to November. Aside from adding colors to your patio, begonia can be a great choice when you have window boxes and hanging baskets in your home.


Here are some tips to remember when you’re planting begonia in your cottage garden:


  • Unlike other types of plants, begonia can be very challenging to grow. If you want to expedite the process and save yourself from stress, buy seedlings instead of seeds. Doing this will give you a head start and allow you to enjoy the beautiful blooms of this plant sooner.


  • The soil you use for begonias should be moist. This means using a spray bottle to keep the soil moist and saturated between feedings. Watering the plants more often than needed can only flood the roots and lead to diseases and rotting.


  • Never overcrowd your begonias by planting them too close to each other. Always allow 6-8 inches between plantings to ensure that all of your begonias will be provided with sufficient airflow.


3.    Oriental Lily


If you’re looking for flowering bulbs which are unique and can be a show stopper, plant oriental

lily in your cottage garden. Because of its flamboyant blooms and sensational fragrance, this plant can be recognizable in any property. Regardless of the size and overall theme of your cottage garden, you can surely find a type of oriental lily which fits the bill. Aside from having a wide variety of options, you’ll be surprised how these lilies can be very easy to grow.


If this type of plant excites you, make sure to remember the following tips when planting and growing them:


  • As mentioned, oriental lilies have different heights, bloom times, and flower styles. Choosing the type to grow in your cottage garden should be the first step on your to-do list.


  • Oriental lilies have delicate bulbs. This type of plant comes with a protective covering, which is why you should plant them to avoid drying out. When you’re planting these plants, don’t forget to handle the bulbs with care to avoid them breaking off.


  • Oriental lilies will look good when they’re planted in clusters of at least three bulbs. However, don’t stuff too many bulbs in one place as this can also compromise the amount of air, water, and soil that they should receive.


4.    Gladiolus


There’s a lot of old fashioned flowering bulbs available in the market today but if you want to grow one of the best types, start looking for gladiolus. This plant is considered as one of the modern hybrids of flowering bulbs because of its classic and timeless blooms. A gladiolus looks picturesque regardless if you’re planning to plant them in your cottage garden or use them as decors inside your home.


To ensure that you’ll be able to bask in the beauty of gladiolus, carefully follow these tips:


  • Always plant gladiolus in an area which is sunny and has good drainage. Your plant should be protected from strong winds, as well.


  • Gladiolus can respond well when you use compost as its fertilizer. Unlike other types of fertilizers you can buy from the market, compost which is made from organic matter has the perfect balance of nutrients and balanced pH level. This combination will make it easy for your gladiolus to thrive and grow strong.


  • Gladiolus should be planted 3-5 inches deep in the ground and at least 6 inches apart from other bulbs.


5.    Crocosmia


With the right species, growing flowering bulbs and peonies don’t have to be time-consuming or stressful. As long as you plant them properly, you can basically relax and wait until these plants provide you with colorful flowers. Crocosmia is a classic example for this. When you choose to plant and grow this species in your cottage garden, you don’t have to fuss because these can grow and spread quickly in a specific area. Aside from the convenience of growing this plant, crocosmia also comes in red, orange and yellow flowers, perfect for the summer season.


Here are some tips to remember when growing crocosmia:


  • If you want your crocosmia to have the best flowers, plant them in an area which has access to full sun. This plant should also be planted in fertile and well-drained soil.


  • It’s best if you plant crocosmia in spring after all the frost from winter is gone. If you’re living in an area where the soil temperature is still cool after the winter months, delay the planting schedule and wait until the soil is all warmed up.


  • To ensure that your crocosmias will remain evenly moist during the growing season, water them once a week. Consider their size and species when determining how much water to use.


6.    Paeonia lactiflora 'Edulis Superba' (Peony)


Plants have been present in this world longer than human beings. More often than not, certain types of flowers have been growing in different parts of the world for the longest time now – and one of this is the Edulis Superba. This type of peony has been popular for decades now and is known for its strong fragrance and for being a prolific bloomer. When you properly tend and grow this plant, you can surely enjoy the best of both worlds – it can make your property look and smell good.


For you to achieve all of these benefits, make sure that you follow these tips when taking care of Edulis Superba:


  • This kind of plant will be susceptible to insects. If you disregard this concern, your beautiful peonies will wilt and dry before you can even see them bloom. Steer away from this direction by paying attention to the insects in your cottage garden and set up traps the moment you find one.


  • For the Edulis Superba to achieve its potential, you need to make sure that it gets full sunlight. Because of this requirement, always plant this peony beyond the shadows casted in your home.


  • The soil you use for this plant should be moist without being soggy. Soil which is too wet can drain away from moisture and nutrients needed by the Edulis Superba to grow.


7.    Felix supreme


Any property in your neighborhood can grow flowers. Just like you, they can choose to plant different kinds of flowers in their property. But if you want to be different from your neighbors, plant Felix Supreme. This kind of peony has deep reddish pink petals and dark green foliage which is sure to grab the attention of every passer-by. Aside from its extreme color, expect that this Felix supreme will give you at least 20 flowers per plant.


Just make sure that you’re following these tips in tending and growing this kind of peony:


  • What could be better than having Felix Supreme in your property? Having butterflies, of course! Planting Felix Supreme will surely provide you with this scenery because these plants are actually attractive to butterflies.

  • To get the best blooms from the Felix Supreme, plant them during early fall.

  • The Felix Supreme is one of the most low maintenance plants you can possibly have. You just have to cut down the flowers as they fade and wait until it grows back again.


8.    Shirley Temple


There’s just something about white flowers that provide serenity. Seeing white flowers all over your cottage garden can provide a sense of peace. If you want to enjoy this scenery in your property all the time, plant Shirley Temple. This plant has blush petals which fade to white. This kind of peony blooms early and is also very fragrant.


Here are some tips to remember when growing Shirley Temple:


  • The Shirley Temple is virtually pest free. Unlike other types of peonies, the Shirley Temple isn’t very appealing to insects.

  • This plant can be a unique decor indoors as this can last for at least a week in a vase!

  • The Shirley Temple can be planted in any type of cottage garden. You can even plant these in your driveway as an informal hedge.


9.    Monsieur Jules Elie


If you live in a cold area, the Monsieur Jules Elie can be an excellent choice for your cottage garden. This type of peony can thrive well in cold climates. And because this plant has giant blooms, you can be sure that planting Monsieur Jules Elie will give your property the attention it truly deserves.


Here are some tips in growing Monsieur Jules Elie in your cottage garden:


  • Although not the easiest plant to grow because of its delicate huge flowers, its beautiful flowers and aroma can be worth it. If you’re planning to grow this in your cottage garden, make sure to create fences around it to provide support during its growth.

  • Make sure to use a fertilizer which has nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium as these are vital for the growth of your Monsieur Jules Elie.

  • If you’re still new in planting this type of peony or have limited space in your cottage garden, using containers such as pots and old cans can be a great idea. This will allow you to test your skill at gardening without the need of spending too much money.


It’s A Long-Term Commitment


Aside from the information presented in this article, always consider your budget, lifestyle, and schedule when choosing flowering bulbs and peonies in your cottage garden. These factors are essential for you to regularly take care and tend to your plants. You should never buy a plant which will require daily watering when you’re only available during the weekends. Make sure that you have the time, energy, and interest to take care of plants for the longest time possible so you can enjoy its blossoms all year long!