An English Garden Defined

What exactly is an English Garden? Of what does it consist? Is there a certain look, certain flowers, certainly a lawn of some sort. There’s even a magazine of that name, so someone has a clear idea about it. Go here to see the English Garden subscription page:

For me, an English garden in my mind’s eye consists of, in order of height: Delphiniums, with their range of blues, stately in the back, need to be screened from wind or hail but should be staked to keep them upright. Seeds and young plants contain belladonna.


Hollyhocks, another tall back-by-the-fence flower usually ranges from deep roseate pink to the palest delicacy of almost white. They don’t flower the first year, but develop a stand of healthy spires over several seasons. To see their range, go here:

Marguerites are daisy-like flowers but taller, bigger and come in a range of colors. They go by the name of Argyranthemum, which hints of the Spanish girasol literally ‘follow the sun’ + chrysanthemum. An English garden such as the one in “The Domino Deaths” sees them in white, in front of the hollyhocks.

Forget-me-nots are tiny flowers with five petals, with the botanical name of Myosotis, usually blue used as a border. Long history of lovers left behind.

And of course,roses: lots of roses with their unmatched heady fragrance and their place in history:Remember the War of the Roses?



About helenscribe

Helen is a long-time writer, with experience in both fiction and non-fiction. Her latest fiction, an English cozy mystery "The Domino Deaths" is available on Amazon. She is also an amateur painter and sailor.
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