A flower-bed in the English style
A beautifully designed and carefully made English flower-bed is a dream of every gardener who loves perennials and roses. But how to design it to flourish successively over all seasons? This problem is not so difficult to solve after all.
The general goal in designing the flower-bed is to collect interesting and nice plants (perennials, bushes and roses), which will gradually flourish in the following seasons and will be balanced by decorative plants with leaves or having an interesting shape. We should certainly plant massive accents on the flower-bed. They can be big bushes of English roses, flowering ornamental shrubs (eg buddleia), high herbaceous and bulbous perennials, yew and boxwood topiaries, yew, hornbeam or beech hedgerows, and possibly as a background - a high wall built of brick or plastered in the color of the house.
The lower floor is medium perennials and grasses, and the lowest - cover low creeping plants, which will fill and cover all free space. Then the weeds have no chance. Such plants also attract useful insects and birds.
An addition, a kind of garden jewelery, will be stained glass windows, sculptures, obelisks, sundials and elements of garden architecture such as benches, pergolas and arches, on which climbing roses will grow. Also important are the surface and borders of the flower-bed. Bricks, shales, Victorian ceramic edges or a simply cut edge of the lawn will look great.
When planning a flower-bed in the English style, we take into account the sun exposure and the type of soil. We set a color that is very important and determines the nature of the flower-bed. Most popular colors, so-called romantic, is pink, white, blue and violet, with a small admixture of delicate yellow.
Another trend, quite noticeable in gardens recently, is the hot colors of autumn: yellow, red, orange, combined with leaves in strong burgundy or almost black colors. Additionally exotic cannases, tritomes and dahlias. Just a garden from distant countries where it never snows. We can also plan two colors, eg blue-white, blue-yellow, red-blue, violet-yellow or any other.
When planning the colors, we do not forget about different shapes. Interesting textures, shapes of flowers and leaves are incredibly affecting attractiveness of the flower-bed. Especially when wellcombined. The most important thing is to choose the plants best suited to the place where they are to grow.