DIY Inspiration: English Garden

English gardens, looking like nobody looks after them, are specific and really unique. Most of the bushes, trees, and flowers look like they grow naturally, but that’s not the case.

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There is true art in making the garden look wild, but still beautiful and breathtaking, with instances of structure and meaningful combinations. If you enjoy this type of garden, here’s how you can achieve the same effect:

  1. Play with contrasts – when it comes to flowers where there is no need for a specific structure, don’t be afraid to use playful contrastive combinations. For example, as much as yellow daylilies are effective on their own, if you mix them with purple alliums, you will get a unique picturesque sight. Try out different combinations of contrasting colors and be surprised by the outcome.
  2. Ignore boundaries – wild gardens give us a sense of mystery and unspoiled beauty. One of the ways to achieve that effect is to plant flowers on both sides of the path, just on the edge of it, and let them grow on the path. Don’t cut them; just let them be free and wild. And let us not forget how relaxing it is to feel the petals brushing your ankles as you walk along the path.
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  3. Lavishness of a few – it isn’t always important to have a great number of flowers and bushes at certain part of your garden. If you choose two or three types of climbing plants and plant them in abundance, the effect will be astonishing. It will still get attention and leave everyone breathless.
  4. Frame the view from the inside – a fine touch to the beauty of a garden is allowing the nature to frame your windows. Plant a trumpet vine or roses, for example, along the house walls and you will get a dreamy window frame to look through. You can do the same thing around your doorways or gates.
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  5. Benches with a double purpose – when it comes to gardens, benches can be useful not only for mere sitting and resting but also for enabling us to admire the garden at eye level. Every small corner of the garden can be decorated with a small wooden bench that invites the visitor to sit and pay attention to the variety of flowers around them and enjoy the moment. Of course, you can enhance the whole experience by putting stepping stones to lead the visitors to the bench.
  6. Emphasize the furniture – wanting to have a wild garden doesn’t mean you also have to fit the furniture into the colors of the garden. Chairs or tables can actually be the focus if you paint them with colors that contrast to the rest of the scenery. Not only the furniture will then draw attention to what’s behind it, but it will also add some colors during winter periods when the garden is missing flowers.
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  7. Pay attention to the structure – most of your garden can grow freely, but you can think about some sense of structure, at least on the edges of the garden. Birdhouses in a casual line are a great way to create some kind of structure in the overall wilderness and to still preserve the touch of nature.
  8. The game of light and darkness – don’t reject the idea of making darkness your friend. Shadowy parts of your yard can be used as dining places, where climbers and bushes that prefer the dark can be in contrast with the sunny dining table in front of it, decorated by flowers that enjoy the sunshine just a meter or two away.
  9. Mind the climate – English gardens are mostly full of plants that are accustomed to the very specific climate of this big island. There is no point for you to choose the usual “English garden” flowers if they will soon wither in different climate conditions. Do some research on plants that thrive in your region because they are the ones that will contribute to the richness of the garden. It will happen really fast and it pays out in the long run.
  10. Experiment with variety and organization – you aren’t decorating an expensive hotel room, so don’t think about which flowers typically go together. Play with old-fashioned flowers, combining them with the elegant types. Also, let the garden beds make their own space and paths to form their direction naturally. That will bring you the sense of really being in the wilderness.
  11. Attract pollinators – bees are an important part of your garden. They produce a harvest out all of those beautiful berry bushes, fruit trees and vegetables you planted. That’s why you need to consider choosing plants that will attract bees for sure, such as lavender, butterfly bush or catmint. Just don’t forget to keep in mind the part of the day you usually turn on the good garden hoses because bees won’t get near your flowers if they’re being sprinkled.
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