DESIGNING AN ENGLISH COUNTRY GARDEN
he plants and flowers used in an English country garden design, are generally common varieties of plants, as seen in gardens throughout the United Kingdom. These country gardens conjure up thoughts of romance, bumble bees, butterflies and lazy summer days.
o recreate such a garden is not particularly difficult to achieve, but to be successful you should choose your plants and flowers wisely with regards to colour groupings, taking account of heights, and considering plants that will thrive in your particular climate and soil conditions.
A typical English cottage garden is small and compact, full and brimming with flowering plants. Typically this is in the surrounds of a country house, of cottage, with a small lawn, and often with pathways boarded by garden plants and flowers. However, in recent times many such gardens have been recreated ‘in part’, out of the country environment in the city, high on roof terraces and balconies.
Design Elements for an English Country Garden
Choose simple cottage flowers for your cottage garden design and make sure that they are old-fashioned varieties. Try and choose a colour scheme like pinks and whites, or blues and yellows. Where you choose to have a whole spectrum of colours then make sure that the palette is soft.
Warm brick paths, rambling roses and other climbers, pastel perennials and self-sowing annuals such as allysum are characteristic of a cottage style garden. Choose fragrant flowers for both garden, arbors and houses.
Let your garden show your personality. Choose your plants for personal preference and meaning rather than for design. Plant flowers and plants in small pockets rather than in large drifts.
Steps to Creating an English Country Garden
1. Choose Feature, Filler and Anchor Plants
2. Create Different Areas
3. Grow Living Dividers
4. Build a Fence
Fences, particularly picket fences, should be built to allow your space to be defined and to protect your garden. If built correctly, it will add to help creating the typical English country garden that you are making.
5. Add an Arbor
6. Build a Gate
7. Plant your Pathways