How to recreate an English romantic garden on your site: landscape design specialist tips

I am taking the first steps in creating a garden. And what happened is not very happy. I wanted to make something similar to an English romantic garden. As a result, the free central part of the garden, given to the lawn, turned out to be too large, not my opinion, regarding the plantings located around its perimeter. It turned out that all these plantings exist on their own: there is nowhere to put a little bench for solitude. Is it worth it to somehow fill the middle of the lawn (it turned out somewhere around 10x10) to break it into smaller sections? Or to make the plantings around the perimeter wider. They are not located on one line, but look wavy. In the photo - part of the garden, on the right is the same in size.


Specialist response

Hello Irina!

You did absolutely right, determining, first of all, what style in the garden you would like to see. When there is a vision of the finished result, it is much easier to make your dream a reality. Now it is time to begin the practical development of the site.

The photograph shows that you have already taken several steps to achieve the goal: a lawn is broken, trees and flowers are planted along its edge. And here you are thinking about where to place a place to rest. Moreover, you are not very happy with what happened. Do not worry! The garden from the moment of laying to its full flowering goes through several stages of growing up, like a child. And what you see at the moment can be compared to turning a caterpillar into a butterfly. Wait three to four years and you will not recognize your garden. Therefore, do not criticize yourself strongly, do not let things done for demolition.

We recommend that you take as a basis what you have already done. Leave the open space of the lawn, giving it a beautiful smoothly curving shape of a drop or circle, take the rest of the garden with plantings. Extend the area of ​​your mixborders slightly along the perimeter. Record the walkways in them so that when moving through the garden the eye opens up new mesmerizing views of the flower beds, one picture replaces the other.

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Since you have not provided additional data about your site and we do not have a detailed plan for it, we can give you a couple of general useful tips related to creating an image of an English romantic garden in general. What techniques can you use in the process of making your dreams come true?

The foundation of the English garden

At the heart of the garden, take a model of idealized nature with a forest, lawn, if desired, with a pond. It’s good if your site will give the impression of naturalness, become part of nature, but at the same time it will have a well-thought-out structure and attract picturesque views that you want to admire endlessly. A walk along it will be a delight of the soul, a touch of beauty and harmony.

Proximity to naturalness - a hallmark of style

Landscaping zoning

First of all, decide on the functional zoning of the site - where do you want to place the entrance, recreation area, maybe a garden, an orchard or a playground. Distribute these zones over the area of ​​the future garden, entering the main walking paths there. If you have a large enough area (from the photo we, unfortunately, cannot determine its true size), you can divide part of it into functional zones according to the principle of green rooms, while slightly reducing the area of ​​the lawn - this option does not conflict with the basic concept of English romantic style. In one of these green rooms you can arrange a place to relax.

Note: The green room method appeared in England a very long time ago, its ancestor was the classical Chinese garden, based on the creation of secluded, enclosed spaces. In the green rooms, certain garden areas are reserved for relaxation and contemplation, for children's games or outbuildings, for planting fruit trees or a vegetable garden. The boundaries between such rooms can be tree-shrub groups, pergolas, twined with climbing plants, trimmed hedges, mixborders, low walls made of natural stone.

If you are not a lover of solitude, then leave the open space of the lawn with smooth bends of walking paths around it at the base of the garden. Expand the area of ​​planting around your green lawn by including a couple of tall tall deciduous trees, several conifers (pine, spruce, larch), flowering shrubs (hydrangea tree and panicle, mock up, viburnum, spring and summer flowering varieties). Conifers will give your garden year-round decorativeness, and shrubs will create a smooth transition to the flower beds located on their background. Observe the tier of landings, this is especially true for the British landscape style in landscape design. Due to this, you will achieve the splendor of your mixborders, which will look advantageous against the background of calm green lawn.

Do not overdo it with bright accents in the garden

In the center of the lawn, you can optionally place a sculpture or a flowerpot with flowers that you like best. Or maybe it will be a small fountain on a round base, surrounded by a sheared curb from a cotoneaster brilliant or spirea of ​​Japanese Little princesses.

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If your site or summer cottage is small, then the lawn in the form of a circle or a drop, as well as an oval approaching a circle, will become an ideal figure, which will provide a spacious effect of a larger size. Integrity and completeness of the garden will give a repeat of the borders of the lawn in the figures of paving near the house, in the form of a reservoir or flower beds, in the repetition of the materials of the house in decorative elements and small architectural forms.

Would you like to fit the relaxation area into the surrounding space of the garden? To do this, we recommend that you place it in a secluded corner of the site and block it from prying eyes so that the bends of the tracks and the lawn form ledges from the landings. In such protrusions, mixborders or shrub groups form a visual barrier. There, behind a green screen, you can place a beautiful bench surrounded by an arch of roses, or a gazebo canopy twined with clematis. Small architectural forms of the garden can be painted, for example, in white. This will give a special charm to your garden.

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Functional style in English style

Focusing on the English style of the garden, pave the paths and the adjoining territory with material close to natural: flagstone in gray tones, or tile of simple shapes imitating natural stone. You can fill the entrance area with a layer of decorative gravel, framing it with a stone border. Gravel paths can also be used in those parts of the garden where it is not planned to clear them of snow in winter. Walking paths can be done with your own hands in the form of lawn sections that flow smoothly from one functional zone to another, or that frame colorful lush flower beds.

Garden borders

The boundaries of the site are indicated by ordinary thuja landings. You can begin to form a sheared hedge out of them, which will not spoil the look and appearance of the garden, as deaf blank fences made from corrugated board do it uncovered. Where you still have open sections of the hedge, we recommend decorating it with climbing plants. In our climate zone, girl’s grapes are well suited for this, which grows in three to four years and can completely cover the unsightly view of the fence. Add the elements of pergolas, screens or screens, with instances of honeysuckle honeysuckle, actinidia colomictus or prince alpine planted at their base. By planting at the border of the site those plants that are in close proximity - in the neighboring territory, the adjacent meadow, in the forest that probably surrounds you, you can create the illusion of a garden without borders. This technique is very characteristic of the English landscape style.

Thanks to competent zoning, the garden can seem endless

In the future, when you will improve your garden, bring something new to its structure or finish planting that has already begun, do not forget about the principles of building garden compositions. They will help to achieve harmony and perfection in your landscape endeavors. Along with tall trees planted along the border, in the middle tier of plantings, use lower-growing species, as well as decorative deciduous and flowering shrubs. Take species plants or their varieties as a basis. Thanks to the varieties, the garden can be made more colorful. You can use shaped plants to make the off-season and winter garden patterns more attractive.

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Coloring and selection of plants

Do not forget about the color of the garden. The main gamut of the English romantic garden is green. He dominates everywhere, especially in the lawn. The greenery of the lawn balances the colorful romantic plantings of perennials, being a wonderful background for them. You can plant plants with dark greens: horse chestnut, red oak, Norway spruce, Serbian spruce, Korean fir. Light greens will be brought to the garden by linden, maple, treelike hydrangea, guanillaria, varieties of spiraea, derena and mock lilies. The calm greenery of the main tree-shrub groups will be an excellent background for flower beds made in soft pink, white, light blue, blue-violet. The British mixborders are characterized by the merging of shades and overflows of color into one pictorial picture.

Red Pavia horse chestnut - a great solution for an English-style garden

Note: Blue tones lengthen the perspective of the garden, and the last, not counting the white color, disappear at dusk. Cream and white tones look good in the shade, are an excellent buffer and make even small flowers noticeable. Soft pink tones soften and soothe. The assortment of plants for the English romantic garden in this gamut is very diverse. Fuchsin and bright pink tones shorten the perspective (visually bring plants closer), attract attention. Away from home, use natural species and their varieties. Closer to home, it would be appropriate to plant garden-shaped plants and shaped specimens. Here you can create flower beds in yellow and orange colors. Yellow tones create a cheerful spring mood, enliven the colors and dimly lit corners, the assortment of plants of this color is huge.

Pay attention to foliage plants such as hosts, astilbe, ferns, volzhanka, irises, rogers, black cohosh, tiarella. Of the evergreen herbaceous plants, pachisander, frankincense, medunica, and bitterness can be recommended.

Happy tiarella varieties of trepples are perfect for registration

Where in the English landscape garden without aristocrat roses! Roses of Canadian selection are resistant to freezing in our climate and are unpretentious. Add to them neighbors peonies, geraniums, bells, Fassen's catnip, digitalis, delphiniums, Veronica, cuff and, of course, sage. Roses will look good next to conifers and shrubs. You can choose varieties of mountain pine, western thuja, common juniper and Cossack. Often in the landscape gardens of England you can see various cereal plants, such as soddy pike, fescue, moliny, miscanthus. Maybe there is a place for them in your oasis.

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Choose calm rose colors for planting, taking into account the principles of color

If there are fruit trees on the plot, then at a distance it is good to plant a backstage from a mock tree, viburnum, and honeysuckle to create a smooth transition to the flower garden.

Accounting for the region

Trying to follow the English romantic style, we do not recommend you to purchase and plant plants that are completely unsuitable for our harsh winters, but which British gardeners love to use in their homeland. Boxwoods, yews, catalps, beeches, weigels are extremely unstable in the middle zone of Russia and almost always freeze out. You can, of course, build additional shelters, but they visually violate the landscape aesthetics. This circumstance will not give the garden a decorative, and even more so classical English nobility.

In conclusion, I want to add that the British landscape style is never boring and monotonous. Landscape paintings replace each other depending on the season, always decorative and pleasing to the eye. This effect can be achieved by skillfully combining plant species and varieties, choosing them according to their color scheme and flowering terms, using only stable, healthy and well-established specimens in our climate. Do not be afraid to experiment with formed plants: they will decorate your garden and give it clarity and expressiveness. Coniferous plants will contribute to the all-weather decorative planting.

I hope our tips will help you create this beautiful image of a classic English garden on your site. Have a good start!

Photos for inspiration

Focus on sculptures and flowerpots in the center of the functional area

Division into zones allows you to feel yourself in nature

The predominance of natural, muted tones soothes

The house seems to be hidden behind greenery

Style does not imply a riot of screaming tones

Rockeries and rock gardens will be a great addition to the garden

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