The English garden is one of the most popular garden styles. The beauty of this type of garden is that all of its elements are seemingly wild and unorganized yet they create a perfect harmony. Nevertheless, growing such a garden requires time and devotion. In fact, all of the elements of this garden are carefully planned in order to achieve that wild look. Today we are going to give you a few tips on growing and decorating an English garden. We will teach you about the perfect plants for this type of garden as well as about the most suitable garden decorations.
If you want a country garden decor, then the English garden style is the most suitable, because it creates the sensation of a wild, natural space, even though every corner has been carefully planned. We will start with the decorations in order for you to be able to create the perfect environment for your garden. While the plants are the highlight points of such a garden, the decorations are the garden’s foundation which create the illusion of an English environment. English gardens are often refereed to as cottage gardens. This is due to the fact that they often include a cottage. Now, this decor element is not an essential part of this garden style but it can help enhance the overall countryside look. Furthermore, all gardens need a shed where one can store the gardening tools and supplies so you might as well make it a cottage. Aside from the classic cottage, English gardens also have a lot of natural and vintage elements such as rusty wheelbarrows used as a flower boxes, old bikes decorated with potted plants and so on. Arbors and gazebos can also complement an English garden as long as they have a vintage and mysterious aspect. Avoid using brand new decorations. If you can’t find old decorations, try to at least look for artificially aged decor elements.
- The best plants for an English garden
In order to grow an English garden, you must do some research on wild , field flowers. The good news is that field flowers are very easy to grow. Delphiniums are a great choice for a cottage garden. Their flowers are an intense shade of blue/purple and if you cut the flower spikes down as soon as the blooms are gone, you can encourage a second blooming season. Other interesting choices include Bellflowers, Columbines, Coralbells, Daisies, Dame’s Rocket, Dianthus, Foxgloves, Hollyhocks, Hydrangeas, Iris, Lavender, Lady’s mantle, Peonies, Perennial Geraniums, Phlox, Sweet William, Violets, rosemary, Achilleas, Pinks, Cornflowers and so on. It is important to have a wide variety of colors. Furthermore, try to avoid any bold spots in your garden and maximize all the proper gardening soil.