Posted: 22/04/2012 at 20:32
I'm working towards a cottage garden, don't know if it's possible to do that in a instant/ over one season.
Some of the plants you mention are perennials so if your growing from seed/ young plants they will only give you flowers the following year. A year might seem a long time but it goes so quick.
I've had a look at the site that the enduring gardener posted & there is plenty of inspiration there.
I planted a lupin tuber last year & was very disappointed that it grew only 4 leaves last year (that was with slug pellets!) but this year, it's already a different story I'm know I'm going to get some flowers- then I can take some cuttings so more plants!
Why don't you have a go & growing some annuals this year, as well as developing your perennials? That way you will have some reward while the others are growing.