Whoever’s a fan of Jane Austen and also loves gardening must have though at least once in his life to create his own English garden. Indeed, this gardening culture has been developing in England for centuries, and maybe this is one of the reasons for which many people dream of creating an English garden in their own courtyards. If you think about this too, here are some tips and tricks you should know before getting to work on your dream.
Well cared-for lawn. The lawn may not seem the most important part of an English garden, but for sure it gives a special look and a great background for flowers, bushes and other decorations. That’s why it needs to be well cared-for, wetted as much as it needs to be in order to maintain its lovely and lively green color. No garden with yellowish lawn will look good, no matter how beautiful the flowers in it are.
Special flowers. Since we’re talking about flowers, you should know that there are certain types that you need to include when creating an English garden. Among the perennial flowers there are Aquilegia, Asters, Chrysanthemum, daisies or lavender, and for the annuals you can choose Impatiens, begonias, petunias or Dianthus. However, when planting them you should take into account the climate in your area and if they can resist or not to those climatic conditions.
Shrubs and trees. These two are also important parts of an English garden, so you cannot skip them. They need to be rich and they can surround the entire garden. For sure you won’t say no to a bit of shade to hide from the hot sun in the summer, right? Some of the species you can choose are Boxwood, Hydrangea or Dogwood, but you can also get creative and have you own version of an English garden. Also, you can play around with the species that grow in your area, so don’t be afraid to use your imagination.
Pebble pathways. A must-have when creating an English garden, pebble pathways are not only beautiful, but also practical. It saves you the effort of making a cement pathway (totally tasteless), and it’s also very useful in protecting your lawn from getting stepped on and yourself from stepping in the mud, for instance. Depending on how do you want your final result to look like, you can choose smaller or bigger pebbles.
Ponds, bridges, caves. To finish off the romantic look of an English garden, you need to add one of these elements. It’s not hard to create an artificial pond in your garden, and neither a bridge does not require too great an investment. However, for a grotto or a small cave, you will need to make small hills of sand or cave them right into the earth. Even if these might prove to be the most challenging parts in creating an English garden, they are totally worth it!
As much as you’d love this style of gardening, please be aware that you will need to have the proper climatic conditions to plant and care for different plants, so take this into account also. More than that, if at any point you believe you need help, don’t hesitate to call for a specialized designer!
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