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        Boxwood hedges are often associated with English Gardens.

        Surrounding trees with ground cover adds a special touch.

        Symetry plays a big role in English Garden design.

        Brick walkways are another often-used accent feature.

        Potted plants add a touch of color.

        Stone work adds to the appeal of both green and flowering plants.

        Classic gardens often feature free-flowing lines.

        An English Garden can be scaled down to fit a portion of a property.


The Charm of an English Garden
by Rick Dassow, Owner
Ideal Property Management

When asked what type of garden is my favorite, I always respond, "The English Garden." Although its style became popular in the 18th century, it is every bit as versatile, charming and up-to-date now as it was 200 years ago.

A typical English Garden typically includes statues, water features and lush greenery as well as a mixture of colorful flowers. For anyone considering such a garden, it's helpful to know that there are two different styles: formal and country.

The formal garden, as its name suggests, has clearly defined lines often marked by hedges, boxwood and brick edging and walkways. It can be designed as a property's entire garden or be scaled to fit only a portion of it.

The country garden, on the other hand, has a more relaxed style of planting with free-flowing lines. It includes a varied mix of flowers. These gardens are ideal for any climate and any size space -- however big or small.

If you would like more information about English Gardens and how one might be a good fit for your landscape, contact me for a free consultation at (262) 246-8512.

English Garden Design

Designing an English Garden is always a creative, fun experience.

I work closely with each client to arrive at a shared vision of an English Garden that matches the family's property and lifestyle.

Although garden styles may differ and each garden is unique, I typically try to include:

a mix of flower types (often roses and scented plants such as lavender and thyme to wake the senses.)

plants that bloom at varied times so that something is in bloom during each season

climbing plants to cover walls, arches and trellises

plants with a variety of heights and colors (to add interest and help attract butterflies and wildlife)

shrubs and perennials to brighten the garden during dull periods

dense planting to help to discourage the growth of weeds

one or more water features, such as a fountain or small pond to add a peaceful aura to the garden

garden statuary and accents

benches where one can sit and enjoy the lovely surroundings.

"Where you tend a rose, my lad, a thistle cannot grow."

   -- The Secret Garden

Ideal Property Management, Inc.
7468 Circle Drive
Lannon, WI   53046

Phone: (262) 246-8512

"Landscape professionals with a passion for detail."



Choosing Plants for a Formal English Garden

Although there are so many plants to choose form, I typically recommend a variety of annuals, perennials and bulbs that lend an air of cultivated formality to the landscape.

Organized around a focal point or along a well-thought-out line, I often use these plants to help create the perfect effect for a formal English garden:

Ageratum, Floss Flower -- This annual comes in white, pink, and lavender-blue (a rare color for annuals).

Anemone, Japanese -- This showy perennial can reach up to four or five feet high.

Balloon Flower -- Named for its shape when closed, this perennial grows well in borders or along garden edges.

Bugleweed -- This flower adds a splash of intense color and excels at keeping weeds at bay in a garden.

Columbine -- if you want to attract hummingbirds, this flower should be incorporated into your garden.

Coneflower, Purple -- This flower, which grows wild in the Midwest and South, has petals that grown downward.

Coreopsis -- This annual is shaped like a daisy but features warm golden, brown, and red colors.

Daylily -- One stalk can give rise to numerous blooms that open and die within a single day.

Dusty Miller -- A silvery plant, it leaves the impression of beautiful beds of coral.

Feverfew -- This lovely plant is a member of the sunflower family and has reputed medicinal uses.

Forget-Me-Not -- A small flower, best used in large quantities for an effect, blooms in the spring.

Gaura -- This tall flower develops clusters of muted pink or white blossoms.

Geranium, Crane's Bill -- Along a border or in a rock garden, the geranium will flourish.

Iris -- Returning year after year, the iris comes in a wide range of colors.

Lupine -- This tall flower comes in annual and perennial varieties, depending on the climate.

Pansy, Viola -- Producing flowers continuously, it blooms during cooler months.

Perennial Pea, Sweet Pea -- A lovely flower that grows easily in any good garden soil.

Rudbeckia -- Daisy-like, the black-eyed Susan is the best known of this type of flower.

Snapdragon -- Known for its blooms, which can be snapped open like a puppet, this flower also comes in open-faced varieties.

Sundrop, Evening Primrose -- Common in gardens from the past, this flower grows quite well in poor soil and holds up well to drought.

Sweet Rocket -- This bushy flower is incredibly fragrant.

Sweet William -- This two-tone flower has fringed petals and grows easily, escaping gardens to grow in the wild.

Tulip -- Actually native to the Middle East, this flower is one of the most popular of spring.

Verbena -- This lovely flower is loved by gardeners because it grows well where other flowers will not.