What exactly is an English Garden? Of what does it consist? Is there a certain look, certain flowers, 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: http://www.the-english-garden.com-sub.biz/?gclid=CPjSltrP_bkCFQnhQgodQBYAJw
In my mind, the focus of an English garden is seldom the lawn, but 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 need staking to keep them upright. Seeds and young plants contain belladonna, for sure a key point for any lover of mystery stories.
Hollyhocks, another tall back-by-the-fence flower, that 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: http://www.bhg.com/gardening/plant-dictionary/perennial/hollyhock/:
Marguerites that tall daisy-like flowers are medium height and flourish 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 roses: my all-time favorite ever since I heard about the War of the Roses (1455-1485)—Red Rose of Lancaster and White Rose of York in history class in Thames Valley. Dichotomy has been with us ever since.