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Plants in an English Garden

An English garden offers a feeling of peace, tranquility and coziness. The flower scheme is often wild and carefree. Each plant, blossom and shrub appears to be in its natural setting instead of planned. Most English gardens only contain flowers that sport three to four colors, which give the setting a feeling of continuity. Flowers are planted so not even the smallest blossom is overshadowed by the largest. Most English gardens sport a variety of perennials, annuals and biennuals intermixed with shrubs, vines and trees.

Creeping Phlox

Creeping phlox are common in most English gardens and are known for their natural weed control. The phlox easily spreads across the ground and smothers out weeds. Flowers appears in shades of pink, white, lavender or purple so the plants can easily fit into any color scheme. Creeping phlox is a hardy perennial that is often planted along banks, along walkways and in the forefront of flowerbeds.

English Bluebells

English bluebells offer a lovely color contrast to any garden scheme. The plant blooms from spring and into summer. English bluebells easily multiply annually and are ideal around the base of trees or shrubs in any English garden setting.

White Egret Orchid

White egret orchid blossoms are lovely and delicate and resemble white birds flying. The plant is a Japanese plant that has become quite popular in English gardens where it has flourished in the damp weather conditions. The plant is also commonly called Habenaria radiata. The plant grows from tiny tubers year after year that spread naturally.


The anemone produces tiny daisy-like flowers in blue, pink and white. Each one is dainty and looks like a wildflower. The plants bloom for several weeks with a riot of blossoms. The plants are tiny and delicate and are ideal for the front of an English garden. They look lovely with tulips and daffodils.


Many English and cottage gardens contain tall delphiniums, which have flower spikes in lavender, purple, blue, pink and white. Many can tower 5 feet in height but there are dwarf varieties currently available that will stand only 2 or 3 feet tall.


Foxgloves offer large flower spikes with bell-shaped flowers in shades of white, pink, lavender and yellow. The plants grow wonderfully in shady conditions and are a favorite in most English gardens.


Campanula produce beautiful tiny blue flowers for pots in an English garden or in the front row of a flowerbed. The plants are easy to grow and spread rapidly. The plants are often called bellflowers because of their tiny bell-shaped blossoms.

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