by Bailey Shelton


LUSH BLOOMS OVERFLOW ON A WINDING PATH AND WARM TEA SERVED AMONG THE ROSES

The decadent scenescapes of shows like Netflix’s Bridgerton have sparked a resurgence of the English Garden, a style trend that pairs beautifully with Modern Craftsman and Victorian homes.

English Garden landscaping is characterized by shapely shrubs, fragrant florals, and clearly defined paths. These gardens make it easy for homeowners to cut bouquets throughout the summer, and are also friendly to local bee and butterfly populations. To cultivate your own English garden landscaping, try incorporating any of these common perennials.

LAVENDER

Lavender is one of the most forgiving perennials you can plant in an Indiana garden. They’re drought resistant and seem to rise from the dead every spring with little to no maintenance.

BOXWOOD

Boxwood Shrubs are ideal for hardscaping and defined trimming. They hold their shape well and require little maintenance once established. It’s these characteristics that make them a classic favorite for landscapers. They can be planted inground or kept in pots.

CORAL NYMPH SAGE

This variety of salvia sprouts pale pink shoots that resemble tiny orchids. They grow as perennials and bloom in late summer.

ENGLISH ROSE

Shrub Roses can be fickle, but many think that the blooms and scent are well worth the added effort. Give room away from paths or train it to climb a wall or trellis. Plant them 6 to 8 weeks before the first frost so that the roots can establish before winter.

HYDRANGEAS

Another tried and true midwestern shrub helps to fill out the English Garden style. These woody shrubs can grow up to two feet every year, so be sure to set some long term expectations to avoid unpleasant pruning surprises down the road.