How to Landscape Your Yard Like an English Garden

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English gardens are commonly know for a few key characteristics that you can bring right to your own home with the right tools. Landscape your yard like an English garden with help from the owner and head designer of Whimsical Gardens in this free video clip.

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I'm Rebecca Winn, and I'm a Horticulturist and Landscape Designer. I own Whimsical Gardens, an artistic landscape design company. And today, I'm going to talk to you about designing your garden like an English garden. English gardens are so fun to create because they're sort of random, so you can experiment with plants. Start with deep curving beds, six to seven feet deep; so your plants have room to reach their mature size and kind of overgrow each other for that sort of tousled look that English gardens have. Incorporate some herbs and edibles in your garden because the original cottage gardens were kitchen gardens too. So often the plants that are recommended for English gardens are things like Delphiniums and Foxglove, Peonies and Forget-Me-Nots, all of which are beautiful. But, if they don't grow in your area, then what do you do? You need to study the form of the flowers, the form of the plant and then see what kind of things mimic that form that grow in your neighborhood. For example, Delphinium don't grow in my neighborhood, but Larkspur do. And as you can see, Larkspur mimic Delphinium both in color and in form. Larkspur are not a perennial like Delphinium are, but they are reseeding annual; so, they'll come back every year in different places, so they sort of bind their way. No English garden is really complete without some kind of roses and I really recommend Knock-out Roses. They're so easy to grow and they bloom all summer long. English gardens are wonderful when they incorporate a vertical element, some kind of vine or cascading rose. Also, if you can find some little place, some little nook to create a quiet sitting area with mossy benches and, and architectural elements like these little fences, all of these things give a sense of age that English gardens always have. Although there's some planning involve, English gardens are a really fun way to sort of get your feet wet gardening and experiment with all different kinds of plants. I'm Rebecca Winn with Whimsical Gardens and this has been how to design your garden like an English garden.


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