English Garden Design

The English garden is one of the most known and appreciated garden styles. Indeed, the perfect imitation of nature offers city dwellers a picturesque and mystical image of the garden. Although the general atmosphere gives the illusion of spontaneous vegetation, nature is cleverly organized. If you want to know more about English garden design, follow our simple tips.

The major design characteristics of an English garden

  • Imitates nature
    The evocation of nature is found in every corner of the garden. Thus, the forests turn into shrubbery, a lake is transformed into a garden pond and perennials replace flowers.
  • Well-maintained lawn
    The grass plays a key role in the English gardens because it not only helps to make the garden seem larger, but also to highlight the massive plants and shrubs. In an English Garden, the grass is always neatly trimmed and well maintained regardless of season.
  • Irregular design
    The English garden is more than a landscape garden. The natural curves are exploited and many types of vegetation beautify the space. If you have a small garden, simply opt for a larger variety of plants to create a vegetable atmosphere and structured space.

Choice of natural materials

The choice of natural materials plays an important part in an English garden design. Their landscaping is essential for an outdoor design, that must be both functional and aesthetic.  It is recommended to ask the help of a professional to help you  choose the right materials for your English garden design.

  • Wood
    The warm look of this material is in perfect agreement with the exuberance of the plants that form massive lush greenery ideal for integrating elements such as wooden deck, pontoon, fence or wooden garden furniture.
  • Natural stone
    The use of elements in crude or manufactured stone very often includes separation walls or stone terraces. On a smaller scale, the gravel can also highlight an alley.

Choice of vegetation

An English garden design is hard to create if you don’t have a lot of experience! It’s really difficult to improvise because it is necessary to have a good knowledge of plants and know what are their needs. The English Garden, unlike the contemporary garden, is a space designed to highlight the plants. Trees, shrubs and flowers are arranged around a landscaped frame design incorporating the different plant strata observed in nature.

  • Perennial: Alchemilla, Hemerocalle, Heuchera
  • Bulbs: Crocosmia, Agapanthus, Giant Dahlia
  • Shrubs: Spirea arguta, Spirea Goldflame, Deutzia gracilis, Osmanthus, Rosier
  • Trees: styraciflua Liquidambar (sweetgum of america), Acer davidii (Maple) anagyroides Laburnum (Laburnum)