I create an English style garden

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Ah, the charm of the English garden! Its abundant vegetation, its impression of wild nature, its valleys and its walks which encourage strolling… Here is how to reinvent it at home. The English garden evokes the softness, the curves, the successive discovery of different universes - as long as the space is large enough ... Green lawns too, lots of lawns! And one or more winding paths, why not a few water points. In short, a very poetic, graceful and romantic garden; a living and amazing space. What are the ingredients for reproducing an English garden in your home?

Green, green, green…

The proportion of foliage and lawn is of great importance in an English garden. We therefore favor the maximum of trees, shrubs, hedges, thickets. We also think of ivy and vines. We even leave dead trees, which are also part of nature ... because the English garden is above all a very natural space, even a little messy - it is also this most faithful reproduction of nature in its state wild which is difficult to reproduce by human hand! The presence of water is also desirable, decorated with bridges, old cobblestones, islets of different flowerings. A nice alternative to lawn is helexine, this ground cover plant with elegant and tiny foliage, which can dress up the borders of a path and the pavements with green. It freezes in winter but ensures a superb carpet of foam all the rest of the year.

The rose, of course!

The rose is an essential flower in the English garden. The David Austin rose par excellence, but also the Brother Cadfael® Ausglobe, the Mary Rose® Ausmary, the Falstaff® Ausverse, the Graham Thomas® Ausmas, or any other rose you like; the ideal being even to create your own collection of roses, always with this idea of ​​abundance, by making them climb on arches (and form a charming tunnel of roses!), on stone walls or even in thickets. There are hundreds of varieties: the old rose, globose and with multiple petals, is particularly suitable. Vary the colors and scents.
Credit: Eric Lequertier

Flowers all year round

In general, the English garden is synonymous with serenity, sweetness, but it is also generous and lively all year round. It is therefore necessary to choose plants with a flexible and airy habit, and mix the perennial plants, which will manage on their own. For example hellebores (in full bloom in February-March), mary hearts (in April-May-June), a syringa microphylla superba, fragrant and flowering all summer, geraniums (from May to November), a astrance, a coreopsis in summer, Japanese anemones in August, a helianthemum, spectabile sedum in September and October, asters in November ... Plants easy to select, which will grow without needing too much human hands! Add grasses: fescue, deschampsia, stipa ... they bring lightness. The color palette must be rich, it's up to you to choose the ranges you like, to invent a real landscape painting!

Decorative elements

Finally, place here and there statues, charming little benches, a fountain, high and low lighting… Once again, it's a question of creating a unique, surprising atmosphere. The light will even give another look to your space, at night.
Credit: Christian Fournet

The "new" English garden?

The traditional concept of the English garden remains an institution - otherwise it would no longer be an English garden - but it also evolves through the obtaining of new varieties of plants and flowers, and through the desires of development, contemporary or naturalist, of its owners. You can for example find inspiration in Tim Richardson's book by Ulmer, The new English garden , which presents 25 innovative models. And to build your own, dare to do what you love in the garden. It's the key to success ! Finally, of course, remember that "character gardens do not usually grow overnight" ... Our practical gardening videos