Famous English garden flowers
- Feb 01, 2019
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Do you yearn for a traditional English garden, full of beautiful flowers that both look and smell divine? Then read on as we have the some great ideas on ways in which you can add character and depth to your outside space, not matter how large or small it might be.
If you opt for plants and flowers that self-seed, you will find your garden growing and spreading naturally before your eyes. Below we have given our favourite selection of famous English garden flowers to provide you with inspiration and insight.
Hollyhocks – a short-lived perennial, the petals can be either pink, purple, yellow or white. They stand tall with no branches, bringing to the garden not only wonderful colour but a gorgeous floral perfume.
Foxgloves – this digitalis flower is tall and spiky with lovely bell-shaped flowers much frequented by bees. Add this to your list and you will not only make your local bees happy but will also benefit from its wonderful addition of colour. A biennial, it conjures up everything that makes you think of country meadows and endless sunshine. Perfect for an English cottage-garden style layout.
Wisteria – rather than dream of rambling roses climbing over your door, choose wisteria. A beautifully scented climber, it will cheerfully wend its way over your walls, garden arbours and even trees. Flowers are usually blue, purple or pink but can also be found in white.
Rambling Roses – alternatively, if you don’t opt for the wisteria, then here we have the favourite rambling rose. Again, it will climb over anything, as well as mixing well when left to blend with other trees and bushes. If your shed is less then pretty, plant one of these to cover it! With lots of, small flowers that grow in bunches, they usually bloom once a year in the summer.
Delphinium – another classic, this plant can reach up to 2m in height and look stunning when planted next to peonies or iris. With impressive spiky flowers, they are colourful summer perennials.
Phlox – if you love bees and butterflies to fill your garden then you need to plant phlox. Delightfully fragrant, they will not only fill the area with scent whilst attracting wildlife but will also contribute with some large domed flower heads which can last for four weeks or more.
Hardy Geraniums – much admired because they are easy to grow and hardy, these are incredibly popular flowers that can fill your garden with a taste of true English-garden splendour. Often lasting from early summer through to the beginning of winter, you can easily take cuttings in order to spread these lovely flowers throughout your backyard and even into the conservatory.
To this list you can also add peonies and cosmos, leaving you with a garden full of varied colour and exquisite natural scents.
By adding even just a few of these famous English garden flowers to your outdoor space, you can be sure of having a delightful area that will not only look good but also uplift your spirits. Sit back and enjoy the view whilst reminding yourself of the many wonderful traditional gardens and their famous flowers to be found in England.