English Garden is the protagonist of the second appointment of our blog section dedicated to Garden Design.
The English Garden Style was born in the end of the eighteenth century, with the influence of Romanticism. In these years the relationship between man and nature was changing and this was also reflected in the design of open spaces. Nature is in fact left free to express itself, it is no longer circumscribed with rigid architectural schemes. It gives space to emotions and romanticism following the order of nature. The key words that best identifies this style are Naturalness and Freedom.
What are the elements that should always be in a English Garden?
Let’s discover them together.
In an English Garden the look of the surrounding fence is a very important element to consider.
The traditional picket fence is still very modern today, together with the lattice ones. We can use it to delimit the entire perimeter or simply some areas of the garden. The choice of color is important. We can give it a natural touch and leave it in wood or paint it white for an even more romantic landscape
- Curving Pathways
Curving and soft forms are typical of the English Garden.
They invite us to spontaneity, freedom and naturalness, in contrast with the geometric and rigid architectural schemes. They are usually made of stone or brick but we can creates pathways also with wood chips.
Who has never dreamed of having a romantic gazebo with table and chairs in their garden? It is perfect to have afternoon tea or an outdoor breakfast.
In the English garden this is an essential element because it manages to create the surprise effect within the garden landscape. If you do not have enough space for an entire gazebo you can create a small nook with a pergola and a bench to read a good book.
If you walk in a perfect English garden you will find at a certain point a fountain or a small pond, as a central element of the space. The water that flows calmly and slowly gives a sense of peace and harmony and makes this type of garden characteristic.
English Garden plants
The rose is the symbol of romanticism par excellence. The English gardens are full of them.
Climbing roses convey a magical atmosphere to the landscape with their scent and their colors. They have small flowers in bunches.
They are climbing shrubs of strong growth with a spectacular spring bloom and a foliage of a fresh bright green. The branches twist around their supports like lianas .
We can use them on pergolas, trillage, walls or also for railing. The characteristic color is purple / lilac.
It is a traditional flower of English gardens. Showy and colorful.
Their shape is bell-shaped and the color ranges from purple to pink, yellow, white with purple streaks inside. It is highly toxic if ingested.
Elegant, romantic and sun lovers. Peonies are among the most loved, perfumed and appreciated flowers among spring blooms. Colors range from white, pink and red to coral and yellow. Many peony flowers change color as they open and their petals are edible. For example you can use them to flavor tea.
Apple and Pear Tree
If your garden is spacious, you can also choose to enrich it with fruit trees.
They are typical in English cottages. Apple and pear trees are the most traditional but we can choose also cherry and peach.