What is it about cottage gardens that make them so popular? I would say it’s the mixture of plants we find in them, all growing happily together. In one bed, there’s may be a fragrant pink rose bush shading a head of broccoli or cabbage. Lavender and other herbs compete for sun along the garden border and bunches of lettuce and spinach are tucked in wherever they will fit. Sweet woodruff and strawberries grow among peonies and daisies. A climbing red rose frames the gated entry, welcoming all into this charming space. It’s such a magical mixture of food, herbs and flowers that it brings to mind all the fairy tale gardens we remember from our childhood.