The Charm of English Gardens – High Prairie Outdoors

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    Creating an English cottage garden can be rewarding if you know what you’re looking for . Are you interested in creating this type of charming and relaxing space? If so, you may wonder what elements you should include.

    While the plants you choose are definitely an important consideration, this isn’t all you have to think about. English gardens also have distinctive hardscape elements that help them stand out from other styles of gardens seen today.

    If you want to create the authentic English garden look, then you have to know what type of hardscape elements it implements and how to make them as true-to-style as possible. Keep reading to find out about some of the elements to include.

    Creation of Garden Rooms

    One element of any traditional English garden is that there are unique “areas” or garden rooms. Use hedges, stone, or brick to create walls for an experience of “discovery” as you move through the garden. Each space is uniquely enjoyed with the clear design delineators.

    Utilize Materials Like Your Home’s

    When creating your English garden, you also should try to emulate the materials that were used in your home for your outdoor features. When you repeat the use of materials, such as brick or stone in your garden walls, fountains, reflecting pools or columns, it helps to bring about a sense of unity between the garden space and your home. Consistency is key.

    Use Naturalized Shapes

    When creating your garden features, such as pathways, stepping stones, stairs, gardens, and walls, be sure to avoid harsh lines. The English garden style is casual with a flow and movement through curves and soft lines. Take advantage of the existing site and area to capitalize on a unique design.

    Avoid Mixing Various Hardscape Materials

    Make sure to choose one or two classic hardscape materials, such as cobble, brick, bluestone and limestone and then repeat them throughout the entire design of the landscape to create a sense of continuity.

    Seeking Help with Your English Garden

    When it comes time to create your English garden, there are more than a few things that you have to keep in mind. As a result, it’s a good idea to hire the professionals to give you a bit of assistance. The professionals can evaluate the space you have in your garden and determine the types of the materials that should be used.

    With professional help, you can create the English garden that you have always dreamt of.

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    About The Author

    Robyn is a 2009 Graduate of the Kansas State University Department of Horticulture. She grew up in South East Kansas where she graduated from Humboldt High School. She was a Kansas State University Leadership Scholar and President of the Horticulture Club. She married Bret in 2009 and they have a daughter Ellie, born in 2021. Their family is completed by three adopted dogs.

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