English Garden Design
Designing an English Garden is always a creative, fun experience.
I work closely with each
client to arrive at a shared vision of an English Garden that matches the family's property and lifestyle.
Although garden styles may differ and each garden is unique, I typically try to include:
a mix of flower types (often roses and scented plants such as lavender and thyme to wake
plants that bloom at varied times so that something is in bloom during each season
climbing plants to cover walls, arches and trellises
plants with a variety of heights and colors (to add interest and help attract butterflies and
shrubs and perennials to brighten the garden during dull periods
dense planting to help to discourage the growth of weeds
one or more water features, such as a fountain or small pond to add a peaceful aura to the
garden statuary and accents
benches where one can sit and enjoy the lovely surroundings.
"Where you tend a rose, my lad, a thistle cannot grow."
-- The Secret Garden
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Choosing Plants for a Formal English Garden
Although there are so many plants to choose form, I typically recommend a variety of annuals,
perennials and bulbs that lend an air of cultivated formality to the landscape.
Organized around a focal point or along a well-thought-out line, I often use these plants to help create the perfect effect for a formal
Ageratum, Floss Flower -- This annual comes in white, pink, and lavender-blue (a rare color for
Anemone, Japanese -- This showy perennial can reach up to four or five feet high.
Balloon Flower -- Named for its shape when closed, this perennial grows well in borders or along
Bugleweed -- This flower adds a splash of intense color and excels at keeping weeds at bay in a
Columbine -- if you want to attract hummingbirds, this flower should be incorporated into your
Coneflower, Purple -- This flower, which grows wild in the Midwest and South, has petals that
Coreopsis -- This annual is shaped like a daisy but features warm golden, brown, and red colors.
Daylily -- One stalk can give rise to numerous blooms that open and die within a single day.
Dusty Miller -- A silvery plant, it leaves the impression of beautiful beds of coral.
Feverfew -- This lovely plant is a member of the sunflower family and has reputed medicinal
Forget-Me-Not -- A small flower, best used in large quantities for an effect, blooms in the spring.
Gaura -- This tall flower develops clusters of muted pink or white blossoms.
Geranium, Crane's Bill -- Along a border or in a rock garden, the geranium will flourish.
Iris -- Returning year after year, the iris comes in a wide range of colors.
Lupine -- This tall flower comes in annual and perennial varieties, depending on the climate.
Pansy, Viola -- Producing flowers continuously, it blooms during cooler months.
Perennial Pea, Sweet Pea -- A lovely flower that grows easily in any good garden soil.
Rudbeckia -- Daisy-like, the black-eyed Susan is the best known of this type of flower.
Snapdragon -- Known for its blooms, which can be snapped open like a puppet, this flower also
comes in open-faced varieties.
Sundrop, Evening Primrose -- Common in gardens from the past, this flower grows quite well in
poor soil and holds up well to drought.
Sweet Rocket -- This bushy flower is incredibly fragrant.
Sweet William -- This two-tone flower has fringed petals and grows easily, escaping gardens to
grow in the wild.
Tulip -- Actually native to the Middle East, this flower is one of the most popular of spring.
Verbena -- This lovely flower is loved by gardeners because it grows well where other flowers