The quintessential English Cottage garden is arguably the most beautiful style that we can aspire to, with an informal and relaxed atmosphere, amazing colours and lingering fragrance reaching out across the garden. Heavily influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement in the 19th century, famous examples include Gertrude Jekyll’s Munstead Wood and Christopher Lloyd’s Great Dixter.
Whilst you can include almost anything in your English Garden, there are various must-have plants, featuring shrubs such as roses, philadelphus and buddleia whilst perennials such as delphiniums, hollyhocks and lupin add structure and grandeur to the borders. Annuals also work especially well in this style of garden, with wonderful plants like cosmos and tobacco plants and night-scented stocks for extraordinary fragrance. Even the smallest garden should aim for a small tree or two, with fruit trees such as apple, pear or plum being perfect, with the added bonus of spring blossom displays.
Ensure that you have a wide range of bulbs planted including, of course, Tulips (Ballerina is one of my favourites), English bluebells, snowdrops, alliums and many, many more. And finally, don’t forget to have scented or edible herbs, or even break the rules and mix some vegetables in with the bedding!
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