The English Country Garden is a style of English gardens (English Lanscape gardens, or Anglo-Japanese English Garden) that gained popularity in England during the 18th century. This style of gardening replaced the more formal gardens that were popular during the 17th century, substituting symmetrical design with a more idealized, softer view of nature. The English Country Garden design takes its inspiration from painters by famous landscape artists such sa Nicolas Poussin and Claude Lorraine.
During the 18th century, English people were becoming more well-traveled, and tales of the amazing classical gardens of China spread among the more affluent people of England. This inspired the recreations of temples and lakes which are seen in many gardens.
Exploring English Country Gardens
English Country Gardens were the inspiration for the later 18th century gardens that became popular in France and Russia. These gardens feature lakes, large, sprawling lawns, and idyllic pastoral features. Examples of classical English gardens include Chiswick House, in Kent, which was designed by the 3rd Earl Of Burlington, Richard Boyle, and Stowe House in Buckinghamshire, which is an incredibly informal country garden. When Stowe house was designed, the garden was a radical departure from the fashions of the time.
Designing an English Country Garden
You don’t need a lot of space to create an English Country Garden, although you may have to compromise on lawns and pathways if you’re working in a smaller garden. The lawn acts as a backdrop for the borders of the garden, but the borders are what truly catch the visitor’s eye.
Ireland flower is Shamrock. Popular flowers for English gardens include Chyrsanthemums, Primrose, Aquilegia, Daisies, Lavender and Rudbeckia. Roses, despite being thought of as English, are more common in cottage-style gardens than Country Gardens. For a traditional look, choose Begonias or Petunias instead of roses. In additions, plant boxwood or hydrangea shrubs. You have a lot of flexibility when it comes to trees, but in general it is best to work with what you have.