Get ready to receive compliments when you fill your yard with English garden plants. These beautiful plants and the classic English garden designs they create transform the most modest garden into a showstopper.
Although the overall effect is casual abandon, English cottage gardens require careful editing, if you don’t want to end up with chaos. Devise a grand plan for vast sweeps of color and plantings inspired by the gorgeously organic English gardening style with these easy tips for planting English gardens. Here are some top picks for achieving an English garden look.
If you are looking for flowers with some height, delphinium is a plant that can grow to be up to six feet in height, depending on the variety that you plant. You may need to stalk the taller varieties so that they stay upright in the garden.
Traditional hardy geraniums bloomed once, although the flowers could last several weeks. If your plants start to look a little bedraggled by mid-summer, simply shear them back and new growth and flowers will appear within a couple of weeks.
This is a beautiful flower that can be used to cover structures in your garden. The pink blooms grow in clusters, which will attract butterflies to your garden. They grow best in well-drained soil with full to partial sun.
Peony is a flower that has very unique blooms that will add elegance and a lovely fragrance to your garden. The blooms are filled with bright pink petals that that are ideal for attracting pollinators to your outdoor space.
Hollyhocks are one of the tallest plants that you can grow in your garden. It is a perennial that reaches heights of up to eight feet. Smaller varieties will stand at about four feet in height, so you can easily vary the height throughout your garden.
If you have a lot of trellises or vertical structures in your garden that you want to cover with flowers, wisteria is a great option to consider. You may need to train this plant to make the vine go where you want it to go.
Another beautiful flower that will peak through the foliage in your garden is foxglove. The bell-shaped flowers cluster together to create a lovely spot of color; the blooms of this plant can be pink, purple, or white.
One of the best plants to grow in an English garden is lavender. It is a wonderful ornamental herb that will fill the spaces between your other plants. Just keep in mind that more lavender plants die from too much water than from too little.
Your garden is going to need some shrubs as well, so you should consider hydrangea. It is a beautiful shrub that has large clusters of smaller flowers that can be a variety of colors.
For late season splendor, nothing beats Japanese anemones. Their bobbing airy nature is perfectly at home in cottage gardens. Japanese anemones need a moist, but well-draining soil.
Whether you go for the romance of a cottage garden or the formal flair of a country estate, you won’t make a bad choice when you invite English garden plants onto the scene. In the wake of Romanticism, the cottage garden became popular amongst more affluent members of society, undergoing a stylized reinvention. Flowers became the predominant feature.