The Secrets behind a Classic English Garden

Few exterior areas are as inviting and appealing to the senses as the English countryside. Bird baths, streams, trellises, bouquets of flowers, and fragrant roses help calm the nerves and sooth the spirit. What then are some of the secrets one needs to know to create a stunning English garden?

Flower Border
Rose bushes and flowers provide striking borders in an English garden. It’s easy to get started with a small vegetable patch. Start modestly and expand: trees, roses, a bird feeder from Dot Maison, and fences offer privacy and simple elegance. Set a small table on cobblestones, and design a secluded space to serve afternoon tea.

Trees and Shrubs
Saplings and established trees are both ideal for your garden area. Oak trees and pines maintain a stately place within the yard. Fruit trees and berry bushes add colour and sustenance. How lovely it can be to serve homemade jams with scones during a mid-morning brunch.

Plant Health
Caring for your English garden requires regular maintenance, cultivation, and fertilization. Termites, spiders, and pests enjoy gardens as much as the rest of us. Natural remedies generally keep bugs under control. A compost pile will help to nourish new plants and vegetables.Man-made knolls provide interest and charm. Organic fertilizers contribute to plant health without adding toxins to the environment. Properly placed plants will receive enough light. Adequate watering will help sustain flowers, vegetables, and herbs throughout the seasons of the year.

Popular English Gardens
The traditional English Tudor-style garden is one of the most popular trends. Characteristically made up of orderly pathways and patterns, it becomes even more attractive with the addition of fountains and accessories. An old worldly feeling can be established with the inclusion of pathways, hideaways, gazebos, and cascading fountains.

Informal country-gardens are lovely when stone pathways lead through fragrant flowers in fairy-tale style. Watering cans and pottery invoke images of Peter Rabbit. Geraniums, nasturtiums, pansies, mums, and daisies provide a blaze of colour that can be easily trimmed to help bring the out-of-doors onto the kitchen table or windowsill.

A white country garden mixes trimmed English Boxwood with pale flowers and roses to create a tailored English-garden appearance. Aromatic flowers will add an appealing dimension to this garden as well as to the other versions of classic-country charm.

A casual rock garden is a great way to blend the elements of nature. Wild and less cultivated, rock-gardens add a lovely breath of fresh air to any estate or back yard. Pretty and hardy, most stone gardens adapt easily to the changing seasons, drawing moisture from rock and soil.

A Secret Garden
By using walls, natural boarders, and hedges your English retreat can become your very own “secret garden”. Create fountains, columns, ponds, and walls from brick, terracotta, and natural stone. Cultivate flowers and vegetation that adapt easily to seasonal changes. Bulbs provide bursts of colour while subdued tones help transition to cooler weather. English country gardens provide contrast and beauty. They serve to work mineral elements together with vegetation in a way that’s pleasing to the senses, artistic, and stylishly relaxed.