This photo exemplifies the natural, unaffected English garden style. The parklike setting provides paths to stroll while gazing at lush lawns and beds planted with English flowers.
Many English gardens incorporate antique-looking elements, such as these two weathered stone obelisks flanking a formal entrance. Boxwoods line the path with both clipped and natural shapes to enhance the parklike effect, so typical of the formal English garden.
Although this formal English garden surrounds a stately mansion, a similar effect can be created at home. Symetry of color and strong lines, such as the path, stone ornaments and raised pots of pink azaleas, create strong focal points.
Many English gardens include a water feature such as this pool or pond. Designers favored still, mirror-like surface to reflect the natural landscape surrounding the pond or pool.
Even the average suburban home can create the look of an English garden by adding special touches, such as pathways lined with perennials. The upright purple buddleia (butterfly bush) and scabiosa provide a simple border that attracts bees and butterflies to the garden.
The English garden style favors lush lawns and mixed borders. The trimmed box hedge, formal planter, and soft cascading border are all quite Traditional English garden concepts.
This garden is right out of a Jane Austen novel. The sweeping stone railing provides a formal arc embracing the garden. The white border plants are reminiscent of the great garden master, Gertrude Jekyll.