Grow your own English garden
Create a little piece of England of your own...
ush, rolling, countryside, strawberries and cream and the delicate waft of roses carried on the breeze… You don’t get much more English than a country garden, and if you’re looking to recreate your own piece of England, the good news is it’s refreshingly easy.
Roses might look fragile but they’re hardy little things that will grow in most climates and soils. Best of all, there are tons for you to choose from including climbing roses, hybrid varieties and floribunda bushes. But remember to keep an eye out for those thorns…
This is a country surrounded by water so it’s not really surprising that many English gardens come with a pond attached. Sink in a couple of lily pads (the frogs sitting on them are optional) and add some goldfish if you really want to create a splash. But the English Garden isn’t just about looking pretty; historically it was also an important source of food and today, you can still sniff out herbs like mint, thyme and rosemary, which add aromatic atmosphere. Of course fruit is also a favourite, and strawberries, blackberries and apple trees (cider anyone?) are all pretty easy to grow – requiring hardly any fuss or special attention. So there you have it: no seriously green fingers needed…
Psst... Handy hints
Why not get a water trough or bird bath? It'll encourage feathery visitors...
Encourage your roses to grow by pulling out the secateurs every once in a while and giving them a good prune.
Protect your fruit bushes from the cheeky birds with some netting.
Add horse manure to the base of your plants to promote growth.
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