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Vintage Cottage Garden Style

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Are you as excited as I am about summer approaching and having more time to spend in the garden? If you are like me, you are already making gardening plans, and you might even be thinking about how to add unique charm  throughout the garden. Of course I love vintage everything, so I enjoy incorporating vintage cottage garden style to all my garden! Today I am sharing some inspiring ideas for create vintage cottage garden style.

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Add A Picket Fence

Salvaged doors/ windows on your fence give it a decorative look. I like the sections of picket fencing on the inside of the taller privacy fence.


An old picket fence is perfect for creating a charming, vintage cottage garden.  Even if you can’t completely enclose your yard with a picket fence, you can always use a salvaged section of fence as a garden accent piece. Try hanging a few rusty buckets on a section of fence to create vintage cottage garden style. Oddly enough, fencing can sometimes make a small garden look bigger.


Love this idea. Plant herbs up high in galvenized buckets.



Hollyhocks in the correct spot are just about perfect. As a little girl, I spent hours playing with the "ladies dancing in beautiful ballgowns " made from a flower and a bud put together. When done correctly the flower looks like the big ballgown and the bud looks like a ladies head with a tall hat.



I like the frames in the back for climbing plants, the gravel? mulch? is practical, fencing with kids a must!

A picket fence is also perfect for keeping critters out of a vegetable or herb patch  while adding vintage garden style charm. You can hire a local service to install a picket fence or for other gardening needs.


Form A Natural Stone Patio

A  natural stone patio is lovely when surrounded by a vintage cottage style garden. If you love to grill out, you can even purchase a vintage style grill. Check out for advice on caring for unique vintage design grills.


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Laurentia Fluviatilis, aka Blue star creeper, is an adorable little plant that makes a low mat of round, green foliage and equally tiny light blue flowers in spring. Perfect for the rock garden or between stepping stones. Looks excellent around taller perennials and is useful planted over bulbs.



Ladder as means of adding layers of height- ANOTHER perfect idea for our back yard garden oasis that I would like to do this Summer...



Water Features

Seating area around pond in modern Mediterranean style garden


Every cottage garden deserves a water feature. Even if you don’t have the room to install a large pond, there are lots of creative ways to install a small water feature. You can even create a waterfall using an old bucket and a rustic outdoor tap to supply the water. Place the feature in a clearly visible, but private area of your garden and place a seating area nearby so you can enjoy a great conversation or a book while listening to the sound of the water. 




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A pond or water feature is certainly something that will  make a garden unique. and can help create a relaxing ambiance within your outdoor space. If you want to build a koi pond, it can be very easy to do, and it’s something you can do without the help of a professional.


Statues, Birdbaths And Urns

Garden statues, birdbaths and urns can add so much vintage charm to any cottage garden. Look for old concrete garden fixtures at estate sales and flea markets with a bit of chippiness and patina for extra vintage goodness.


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Decking is a great way of adding levels to your garden, and it will give you another place to showcase beautiful planters and garden statuary.



Unique Planters And Containers

You can use almost anything as unique pots and containers repurposed as planters. When it comes to planters, you don’t always have to spend a fortune on new items at your garden center. Use an old bathtub or a sink filled with flowers. Repurpose old teapots, galvanized tubs, wagons or vintage metal picnic baskets as containers. Here are some other great ideas:


Vintage Mailbox Planter

20 Galamorizing Garden Containers Ideas That Will Blow Your mind


A mixed planting in an old vintage enamelware bowl

Gorgeous {Vintage Tub} turne {Container Garden!}



Vintage bicycle with basket full of flowers


Simply stated {Joy} in the garden...


Succulents in vintage soda crates

Crafty crates in a Flea Market garden Cindy Schroeder's wooden soda crates from the 60s


A magical fairy garden in a rusty old bath tub




Mason Jar Lanterns

If you enjoy late night garden parties in your home, you can use vintage mason jars as luminaires. When creating your lanterns use reclaimed vintage clear or blue mason jars and place solar powered 0r real tea lights inside.

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Vintage cottage garden style can be easily and inexpensively achieved with a little creativity. Just hit up some yard sales and flea markets this spring to make your vintage gardening dreams come true. Or better yet, shop your basement, attic or garage for anything you can repurpose into fun containers. Last but not least, don’t neglect your lawn. If you are are having trouble with your grass, check use the search terms “reliable lawn care near me ”  which can help you find  a local company that will have knowledge on how to keep  your lawn looking its very best.

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I am so excited to clean up my garden this weekend and maybe even plant some herbs. If it rains I will just just have to pin away some more vintage cottage garden ideas! If you love vintage cottage garden style, you might enjoy following my Pinterest garden boards too!


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How about you? Do you love vintage cottage style, country garden style, French gardens or all of them? Let’s talk vintage junk and flowers…I love hearing from you!

Thanks for visitng today!

Amber Signature copyright 2018 Amber Ferguson


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  • Reply Debra@CommonGround

    LOVE all the wonderful Spring garden inspiration. Adding vintage elements into the garden makes it so unique and a comfortable background for outdoor spaces. I’m ready to transition my brain from winter to spring. Have a happy week, Amber.

    March 5, 2018 at 4:12 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thanks Debra! Your cart inspiration post has me wanting a little cart now for garden too. I wish spring would hurry up and gets here to stay!

      March 6, 2018 at 4:08 am
  • Reply Pat

    Hi Amber! LOVE this post. We’ve had a few warm days here in Denver and I couldn’t resist cleaning up the winter garden a bit. Of course, it will probably snow tomorrow! Thanks for the great ideas; can’t wait for Spring! Hugs, Pat @ Bringing French Country Home

    March 8, 2018 at 4:04 pm
  • Reply Michelle Leslie

    LOVE all this inspiration Amber. We spend so much time outside in the garden and Autumn is knocking gently on our doors down here in South Africa at the moment so we’ll be mopping up the leaves and deheading our summer flowers. I must admit I’m a little envious, Spring is my favorite season. Enjoy it

    March 9, 2018 at 3:10 pm
  • Reply Roseann Hampton

    I love all these ideas! A small pond has always been on my wish list! Thanks for sharing your post at The Blogger’s Pit Stop! Roseann from This Autoimmune Life

    March 10, 2018 at 1:57 am
  • Reply Angelina

    I loved these garden ideas!! We have *no* landscaping right now so I’m gobbling up all the ideas I can!

    March 13, 2018 at 8:00 pm
  • Reply Katherines Corner

    I’m in the den watching it snow and dreaming about the glorious urns. sign…lovely inspiration my friend xo

    March 15, 2018 at 4:21 pm
  • Reply Laura Ingalls Gunn

    Over the weekend I transformed my front porch with patriotic pizazz. Now I am turning my attention to the backyard. I have the perfect spot to add vintage cottage style. Thank you for the inspiration! Have a safe and happy Memorial Day!

    May 28, 2018 at 8:55 am
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Oh I am so excited to see what you come up with! I know it will be amazing!

      May 29, 2018 at 9:50 pm
  • Reply Angelina

    So many beautiful ideas for the backyard. My yard is a muddy mess… have yet to install irrigation so we have a handful of plants we hand water and thats it… none in the backyard yet!

    May 29, 2018 at 1:43 am
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Oh but you have that fountain area…I can’t wait to see more! Thanks for stopping by my friend!

      May 29, 2018 at 9:45 pm
  • Reply Jann Olson

    Yes, yes! Love cottage gardening and garden junk! You have shared so many gorgeous inspiration photos! Thanks so much for linking to the garden party.

    June 29, 2018 at 6:51 pm
  • Reply Carol

    So many diverse plants. It’s all so beautiful!

    June 29, 2018 at 7:22 pm
  • Reply Liz @ Home and Gardening With Liz

    You’ve shown some great inspiration! I especially love the garden mailbox!

    June 29, 2018 at 9:44 pm
  • Reply Stacey @ Poofing the Pillows

    You find the best ideas! It’s over 100 degrees here right now but I’m still inspired. 🙂

    Thank you for sharing this at the garden party, Amber.

    June 30, 2018 at 5:29 pm
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