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Next Up New Plants for Your 2014 Garden From basil that never bolts to vibrant geraniums, you won’t be able to resist adding one of these colorful new plants to your garden this spring. Sculptural Garden Plants Create a bit of drama in your garden with these surprisingly easy foliage plants in large containers. Garden Design: Connect Your Indoor and Outdoor Spaces Let your indoor space inspire your landscape design plans. Japanese Garden Plants Rely on the right plants to create a richly beautiful experience and ambience in your Japanese garden. Garden Plants and Flowers Learn how to discover which plants underscore and help define a specific garden design style. Larval Host Plants Butterfly host plants serve as a great place for young caterpillars to hatch and feed. Choosing Plants for a Sensory Garden A specially planted sensory garden heightens the experience of all of the senses, rather than concentrating primarily on sight. A Foliage Garden For a gardener who loves leaves, here are some choice plants. English Garden Design Learn the elements of enchanting English gardens, and discover ways to translate that look to your yard. Growing a Cut Flower Garden Learn what you need to know to grow a productive and beautiful cutting garden.
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English Garden Plants

New Plants for Your 2014 Garden From basil that never bolts to vibrant geraniums, you won’t be able to resist adding one of these colorful new plants to your garden this spring. Sculptural Garden Plants Create a bit of drama in your garden with these surprisingly easy foliage plants in large containers. Garden Design: Connect Your Indoor and Outdoor Spaces Let your indoor space inspire your landscape design plans. Japanese Garden Plants Rely on the right plants to create a richly beautiful experience and ambience in your Japanese garden. Garden Plants and Flowers Learn how to discover which plants underscore and help define a specific garden design style. Larval Host Plants Butterfly host plants serve as a great place for young caterpillars to hatch and feed. Choosing Plants for a Sensory Garden A specially planted sensory garden heightens the experience of all of the senses, rather than concentrating primarily on sight. A Foliage Garden For a gardener who loves leaves, here are some choice plants. English Garden Design Learn the elements of enchanting English gardens, and discover ways to translate that look to your yard. Growing a Cut Flower Garden Learn what you need to know to grow a productive and beautiful cutting garden.
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English Garden Plants

For a formal English garden, include hedges of some type. Boxwood (Buxus sempervirens), English lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) and privet (Ligustrum ovalifolium) are traditional English garden plants for hedging. If you desire to create a knot-style garden with low hedges, investigate box (Buxus sempervirens ‘Suffruticosa’), lavender cotton (Santolina chamaecyparissus) or wall germander (Teucrium chamaedrys).
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Two images usually come to mind when people think of English gardens: a cottage garden stocked with roses, perennials and a picket fence, or a lavish country estate with well-tended mixed borders and formal hedges. Each garden type demands specific plants to create the backbone of the design, but once that’s in place, you can mix and match a variety of English garden plants.
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No matter which type of English garden design you prefer, don’t forget to include focal points, such as a fountain, bench, trellis or sculpture. English garden plants should complement and help highlight the focal point. Achieve this through plant selection, situating plants near the focal point that don’t overpower or overwhelm it.
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Photo by Robin Cushman Pinterest PagesPrevious 1 of 22 Next View All How to design a cottage garden Cottage gardening is an attitude, not a location You can achieve a cottage effect in the heart of the city as well as the suburbs. All you need is a passion for plants and a willingness to mix them all up. While English-style gardens draw heavily on hardy perennials, you can accomplish the same look of artful chaos with any plants appropriate to your climate. (See the Sunset Plant Finder.) Indeed, Mediterranean plants and succulents like agaves work quite well in coastal and desert plantings. Click ahead for a look at how the traditional cottage garden can morph to fit your own personal gardening style.
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PagesPrevious 1 of 22 Next View All How to design a cottage garden Cottage gardening is an attitude, not a location You can achieve a cottage effect in the heart of the city as well as the suburbs. All you need is a passion for plants and a willingness to mix them all up. While English-style gardens draw heavily on hardy perennials, you can accomplish the same look of artful chaos with any plants appropriate to your climate. (See the Sunset Plant Finder.) Indeed, Mediterranean plants and succulents like agaves work quite well in coastal and desert plantings. Click ahead for a look at how the traditional cottage garden can morph to fit your own personal gardening style.
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How to design a cottage garden Cottage gardening is an attitude, not a location You can achieve a cottage effect in the heart of the city as well as the suburbs. All you need is a passion for plants and a willingness to mix them all up. While English-style gardens draw heavily on hardy perennials, you can accomplish the same look of artful chaos with any plants appropriate to your climate. (See the Sunset Plant Finder.) Indeed, Mediterranean plants and succulents like agaves work quite well in coastal and desert plantings. Click ahead for a look at how the traditional cottage garden can morph to fit your own personal gardening style.
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Structures, such as a trellis, arch or tuteur, belong in any English garden design. Add vines to bring these vertical elements to life. Clematis, trumpet honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens), climbing hydrangea (Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaris) and ivy make good choices for perennial vines. Annual vines that work as English garden plants include morning glory (Ipomoea spp.), cup-and-saucer vine (Cobaea scandens), moonflower (Ipomoea alba) and black-eyed susan vine (Thunbergia alata).

Cottage gardening is an attitude, not a location You can achieve a cottage effect in the heart of the city as well as the suburbs. All you need is a passion for plants and a willingness to mix them all up. While English-style gardens draw heavily on hardy perennials, you can accomplish the same look of artful chaos with any plants appropriate to your climate. (See the Sunset Plant Finder.) Indeed, Mediterranean plants and succulents like agaves work quite well in coastal and desert plantings. Click ahead for a look at how the traditional cottage garden can morph to fit your own personal gardening style.
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Another group of English garden plants is biennials. These plants need two growing seasons to mature from seed to flower. In the first season, they produce leaves; flowers form in the second season. Favorite biennials to work into your cottage or perennial garden include Canterbury bells (Campanula medium), sweet William (Dianthus barbatus), forget-me-not (Myosotis sylvatica), larkspur (Consolida ambigua) and sweet rocket (Hesperis matronalis).
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View All Plants View My Wish List Search Help Find the perfect plants for your landscape and garden needs by searching through our extensive inventory of trees, shrubs, vines, ground covers, perennials, ferns and ornamental grasses. Create your own plant list and when you’re done, bring it into the store to see the fine plants you have selected! Search for plants by entering key words and phrases, specific characteristics, or both, then click on the “Search” button. For detailed information and advanced tips and hints on how to use this resource, click here.
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For continuous interest in the garden, fill your perennial garden with 25% spring bloomers, 50% summer bloomers and 25% fall bloomers. Consider height, texture and color when selecting your plants. For best results, place three to five plants in one area to create a mass. Be sure to space properly and leave room for plants to grow.
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In the days of old England, many of the workers in small villages were called peasants and they owned small houses with very small gardens. These gardens, known as English cottage gardens, would have to supply the family with all of their gardening needs. The kitchen garden would consist of vegetables and mixed fruits. In amongst this array of produce, they would also grow flowers. Keep reading for more information on how to plant a basic English cottage garden.
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Perennials play a key role in both design styles. Select ones that are favorite English garden plants to cultivate an anglophile’s eden. The list includes delphinium, foxglove (Digitalis purpurea), lamb’s ear (Stachys byzantina) and lavender (Lavandula angustifolia). Other perennials that are perfect for creating natural-looking drifts in a cottage garden or mixed border include lady’s mantle (Alchemilla mollis), campanula, Shasta daisy (Leucanthemum x superbum), peony (Paeonia spp.) and daylily (Hemerocallis spp.).
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Every issue, The English Garden magazine features the most beautiful gardens from all across the UK and Ireland – both town and country plots, big and small. Inside, you will find invaluable practical advice from real gardeners, plantspeople and designers. There’s stunning photography from the world’s top garden photographers, as well as insightful writing from experts.

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