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Are You Trying to Grow an English Garden?

Are You Trying to Grow an English Garden?
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What is an English Garden?

There are 2 types of English Gardens. These are often referred to as being the country and cottage garden.  The English garden will be connected to some type of a path.  The landscapes always have a natural look and feel to them. 

Often, you will find that the landscaping is beautifully cut around a pond, lake or fish pool.  You may find tree shrubs or pottery as well.  You can also have some type of light reflection going into the water of the lake or fish pool. Hanging lights above the pool is often used.

In some English gardens, you will find hedges around ponds or lakes. You can also put in a waterfall or some type of a falling water effect.  Even a rock waterfall is often beautiful. 

Popular English Garden Flowers Are:

  • Roses
  • Hollyhock
  • Delphiniums
  • Foxglove
  • Stachys Byzantina
  • Clematis
  • Lavender

It’s also common to have a fence around your garden.  Many people choose the popular colors of white or a nice reddish color as well.  There may be a swinging gate over the pathway. 

Your garden should have several divided areas.  You may have 4 square blocks.  You can surround each square block with hedges or some type of a tree. You can also use one main statue for your main garden and the other 3 blocks as your secondary gardens.

When creating your English garden, think about your guests. Putting a bench down for them in the garden is often advisable. In this way, they can sit and enjoy the garden that you have created.  Many people will put a table and chairs outside for a way to eat your lunch outside while viewing the garden. 

English gardens are often refereed to as English landscape park.  They started in the 1800’s and then spread throughout Europe. 

Before the 18th century, the jardin à la française garden style was used in the 1700’s.  The idea of the English garden was to allow someone to feel “one with nature”.  A similar garden is the French landscape. 

One of the most beautiful things to put into your English garden is a sitting beach with an archway of flowers going over the bench. This is often beautiful to both sit in and have fun in. 

My favorite English garden design is when you take dandelions and put them in front of a white picket fence.  The yellow on white design makes it gorgeous. If you don’t like to maintain your garden a lot, the urban garden may be right for you. 

This kind of garden doesn’t require a lot of high maintenance.  In fact, you could plant your garden and just let it sit. It is mostly surrounded by a lot of greenery, wildflowers and trees.

What is an English Cottage Garden?

This is a garden that surrounds a cottage, home or perhaps cemetery Mausoleum.  In this kind of garden, the flowers and greenery hang on the home walls and close to the house.  They are closely bunched together.  They can be planted alongside of a pathway, fence or bench. 

The   English country garden is great if you live on a farm or in an area where many houses are not around. You can design your cottage garden in way that makes your farm home stand out. It can be designed the same way as the cottage garden. The only difference is that this is in a country setting.

What is the Lavandula Hidcote?

This is a popular dark purple colored English flower.  They are often grown together with evergreen.  They can also be put around hedges and the borders around your hedges or stone path.  These flowers start to grow in the early part of the summer or in the late spring.  They can grow to be around twenty inches in height. 

Good English Garden Plants:

  • Peachleaf Bellflower
  • Delphinium
  • Hollyhock
  • Lady’s Mantle
  • Peony
  • Primrose
  • Cottage Pinks
  • Hardy Geranium
  • Japanese Anemone
  • Lavender
  • Phlox
  • Roses

In the 21st century, the English garden design is often being combined with other artistic designs.  Many people are using their own creativity to combine this beloved garden style and putting their own flare on it.  There is not wrong way to do an English garden if you follow the basic guidelines. 

English garden roses are grown year around.  Their shrubs often grow to four to six feet.  There are many different colored roses that you can choose from.  This may include the: Charlotte, Eglantyne, Graham Thomas, Mary Rose and Queen of Sweden.  You will often find that other rose styles are there as well.  These other styles can include, but not limited to:

  • Constance Spry
  • Golden Celebration
  • Molineux

English garden roses are often clumped together with different flowers. They don’t have to be all the same colored roses in order to make it English.  Of course, if you leave it all one solid color, it can look a lot more “picture perfect” and uniformed. 

Just because you don’t have a lot of space doesn’t mean that you can’t style your own small English garden.  In fact, many gardens in the united states are around 500 square feet.  You can make your garden look beautiful no matter how much space you have for planting and designing. 

Are You Trying to Grow an English Garden?

Famous English Gardens

  • Bury Court
  • Herterton House
  • Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Garden
  • Rousham House
  • Iford Manor
  • Buscot Park
  • Stourhead

The English rose plant is a favorite because it can be grown year around. Many gardeners like to feel that they are putting hard work into their planting and then having it produce well for them for the year and even beyond. 

Once you plan your garden, you are going to have to take care of it and make sure that all your hard work doesn’t go to waste. It’s important for you to grow a garden that will be fun for you and friends to come and look at.

Gardening is more of an art and personal design.  I suggest that you look at some gardening books on for more ideas.