English gardens have long been known for their elegance and beauty. Creating an English style garden, whether in England or other areas around the world, can be simple. In just a few days’ time you can create the garden oasis that you have been looking for. When planning an English-style garden, there are several common English garden flowers that may be considered.
Daffodils are favorites for English gardens and are also known as a symbol of friendship. These trumpet-shaped white and yellow flowers bloom in April and May, and herald the coming of spring. Daffodils grow best in areas that allow full sun or partial shade. They prefer well-drained, moist and hummus-rich soil. These flowers are perennials and are grown from bulbs. They are easy to grow and are resistant to most plant diseases and animals.
Roses provide elegant additions to English-style gardens and are available in an array of colors. These flowers are resilient and can grow in a wide range of climates. Roses can grow in soils that are moderately fertile and prefer well-drained soil with a pH level of 6.5 to 6.8. They can survive, however, in soils that range from 6.0 to 7.5 pH levels. Plant your roses in the spring, after the threat of frost has passed, taking care not to plant near trees or shrubs that may interfere with the root system. To keep your roses healthy, prune often to remove any dead or diseased parts from the plant, making sure to prune at least 1 inch below the affected section into the healthy part of the plant. Weed often and keep the ground area around the base of the plants free of leaves and other debris.
Rhododendrons are common plants used in English flower gardens. Available in a vast array of types, sizes and colors, these plants can be used to complement virtually any English garden design. Rhododendrons prefer well-drained, rich, organic soil and some light shade. They can, however, thrive in areas with full sun, as long as care is taken to provide plenty of shelter from wind. Blooming season can vary depending on the type of rhododendron you choose, although most bloom in the spring.
English bluebells are very popular flowers and have been used in the gardens of Britain since the 1500’s. As the name indicates, these flowers are dainty, blue and bell-shaped. English bluebells bloom in the spring (April and May), and grow to about 12 inches in height. They prefer rich, well-drained soil and full sun to partial shade. English bluebells are bulb plants and can be divided in the summer and replanted if desired.