English Landscape

English LandscapeEnglish Landscape

 

 

 

 

English LandscapeEnglish Landscape

 

 

 

 

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A combination of Formal and Informal

Overall sense:  Around the turn of the 18th century, English landscape gardens shifted from formal, symmetrical gardens to a looser, rambling look that recreated the natural beauty of the English countryside but in a cultivated way.  This gracious style has evolved over the years to include a balance between traditional formality and organic flow and between natural and man-made.

Geometry:  The English landscape garden design style is a contrast between flowing and geometric but there is a strong sense of geometry underlying the overall space and of everything having its place.

Hardscape:  Hardscape elements of the English landscape include traditional, classic materials like brick and cobblestone with gravel paths within the English garden.  Beds are edged to provide a sense of order. Fences are classic in style and are made of wood or wrought iron.

Plants: Plants are traditional with lush foliage.  Examples include magnolia, boxwood, yew, hydrangea, roses and daylilies.  English landscape garden colors are pastel rather than bright and sometimes feature white gardens against a green background.

Lawn:  Large, lush, park-like lawns anchor the space and are often surrounded by stately trees.  Think of the yards along the historic parkways in central Denver.

Furniture & Décor: Water features include a fountain or birdbath in cast stone and other classic accents such as planters.  Teak is popular for furniture as is cast iron or cast aluminum.colorful accessories and plantings to make the English landscape pop in areas and add character to your yard. Native American, Spanish, and natural details are also appropriate.