How to create an english garden flower bed

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How to create an english garden flower bed
Roses add colour and height to a English garden. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

The key to planting an English garden flower bed is to plant the flowers in such a way that they look as if they are growing naturally. This type of garden is in direct contrast to French or formal gardens. An English garden flower bed needs elements of height and depth. Vines and ivies that climb are a must in all English gardens. An English garden will include plants and herbs that are decorative, medicinal and edible.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Plants, a variety
  • Trellis or fence
  • Flower pots
  • Water feature or birdbath

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    Choose three colours for your garden. All of the flowers you plant will be a shade of one of these colours. A great colour combination is white, blue and yellow. Many flowers -- such as delphiniums and blue bells -- come in shades of blue. Roses and flowering shrubs both come in shades of white and yellow.

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    Purchase roses in one of the colours you chose. You may purchase climbing roses , shrub roses or a combination of both. The roses will be a focal point of the garden. Choose different shades and shapes for the roses.

  3. 3

    Purchase flowering plants or shrubs to make the border of the garden. English gardens have large and curvy borders. One choice for a border plant in the purple family is lavender. Lavender will be one of the most fragrance flowers in an English garden. The flowering plant sedum works well as a perennial border plant, and is available in different colours.

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    Purchase a ground cover. English ivy is a hardy ground cover which spreads quickly. Ivy will climb, if you want to keep it at ground level you will need to prune it back when it begins to climb. Elephant ears is another choice for a ground cover. It will not spread out as far as English ivy. If you want to cut down on pruning time in your garden a "clumping" ground cover, such as Elephant ears, is a better choice.

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    Pick out flowers to fill the rest of your garden. Filler flowers in English gardens include delphiniums, foxglove and campanulas. Make your choices according to the colour families you chose.

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    Place a trellis or fence piece in your garden. This will serve as a touch of whimsy -- which is very important in an English Garden -- and as a climbing structure for your roses or ivy. Plant roses or ivy near the structure, and as they grow they will wrap around the structure.

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    Arrange your plants and their pots in the garden. Leave out a few of the filler plants for now. Find an arrangement that suits your taste. Arrange the flowers according to leaf types or size. Allow the different colours to mix throughout the garden. Plant the flowers when you are sure you like the arrangement.

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    Pot the remaining filler flowers in pots. The pots should be all one colour. They can be different sizes and shapes. Place the potted plants in the garden. You may bring these plants inside the home if temperatures get too cold for them.

  9. 9

    Add a small water feature or bird bath to the garden. Tuck it into a corner of the garden. It will be the hidden treasure in your English garden.

Tips and warnings

  • Cut flowers in your garden to encourage new blooms.

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