Urban farmhouse, cottage farmhouse, coastal farmhouse, rustic farmhouse, modern farmhouse, traditional farmhouse…whatever your favorite twist on this hot look is, chances are this classic style isn’t going away anytime soon!

If you love the look, why not incorporate it into your landscape!  A farmhouse garden should portray a simple, carefree and relaxed feel that evokes memories of summers past, country roads, backyard picnics and a good old-fashioned game of croquet.  Think flowers that were grown generations ago.  What were your grandmother’s favorite plants?

Be sure to choose a soft color palette, such as white, light blue, pink, yellow and lavender in your planting and décor, and remember that the texture added with various types of foliage is important too!  Good plants to include are

  • Astilbe
  • Black Eyed Susan
  • Catmint
  • Columbine
  • Cosmos
  • Daisy
  • Dahlia
  • Delphinium
  • Dogwood
  • Coneflowers
  • Ornamental Grass
  • Hydrangea (Try them all!You can never have too many!)
  • Lilac
  • Roses
  • Peony
  • Phlox
  • Salvia
  • Tulips

Remember, plants that grow in nature do not grow in straight rows, so your farmhouse garden plants shouldn’t be planted that way either.   Several of the perennials in this list will multiply and spread on their own, which will help add to your garden’s relaxed vibe.

Farmhouse design incorporates natural elements, so choose a natural stone for your garden path and incorporate irregular shapes.  Avoid a lot of symmetry, and try to stay away from plastic, concrete or metal edging.

Anything to add character will make it perfectly imperfect.  Think rustic, vintage items or up-cycled goods.  Consider creating a rustic trellis, arbor, or small garden fence.  Gardening tools, weathervanes, wagon wheels and old ladders are good accents to fill with flowers and vines.

If you plan to include a vegetable garden in your yard, try integrating it with the rest of the landscape design. Consider planting an herb garden near the kitchen, mixed in with the foundation planting.  Vegetables like tomatoes, onions, peppers and carrots are not only a great addition to the dinner table, but can add flair to your farmhouse garden as well.

Don’t forget the lighting!  Simple string lights hung around your patio, in your trees and such, are a fantastic and easy way add a whimsical look to your farmhouse landscape.  As you can see, creating your own farmhouse garden doesn’t need to be complicated or difficult.  Just follow these guidelines and soon you will have a garden that could impress even Joanna Gaines!