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Is there such a thing as an English garden?

B3B3 Posts: 25,296
Gardeners abroad often call the design of their garden ,an English garden.
Is there such a thing?  Apologies to Welsh,  Irish and Scots gardeners but I hope you know what I'm getting at.
In London. Keen but lazy.


  • I suppose the country house tradition would be my idea of an English garden. 
    To Plant a Garden is to Believe in Tomorrow
  • steephillsteephill Posts: 2,683
    Cottage garden or stately home grounds? Even the cottage garden style isn't well defined. I have read that it should really be a mix of flowers and veg as it would have been an important part of the food supply.
  • FireFire Posts: 17,116
    I think there is an agreed upon cottage "style garden" - mixed up, slightly wild, pastel colours, veg, hollyhocks, foxgloves, roses type thing.
  • Lena_vs_DeerLena_vs_Deer Posts: 203
    If I had to make a guess, maybe it’s referring to the plants that never went out of fashion locally? Rose and foxglove definitely would be on that list .

    Thinking back on Ukraine (my country of origin), having a garden there without hollyhock, marigold and sunflowers was unimaginable and almost blasphemous haha.  They’re elevated there to the level of national plants.
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