What Is Grown in a Traditional English Garden?

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Traditional English gardens don't necessarily have a single unifying feature, but they do tend to share certain characteristics such as color continuity among flowers and the use of structures such as benches, gates or arbors. These gardens often blend well-manicured lawns and trimmed hedges with trees and vines that grow naturally, creating a sense of contrast and a feeling of natural beauty balanced with manmade cultivation.

There is a variety of specific styles of English garden that have been popular at different points in history, including the English landscape garden, which became popular on English estates during the early 1700s. The style of garden attempted to bring the beauty of landscape paintings into real life through the creation of large outdoor spaces that typically included rolling hills covered with mown grass and other features, such as lakes and recreations of classical architecture.

These classical recreations were often made to look like temples and often featured columns and other iconically classical details. These gardens were typically built on private estates belonging to wealthy families, but they eventually became the inspiration for the wooded, grassy public parks that gained international popularity during the 19th century.