Creating an English Rose Garden

English Rose Garden JENRON DESIGNS

Creating an English Rose Garden

Check out all my gardening tips for creating an English Rose Garden, to add visual interest to your yard.

Here are some of my best tips for Creating an English Rose Garden. Spring time is the most common time to plant and add beautiful color into your yard. Roses are one of my favorite flowers and prolific bloomers that I have in my yard that never disappoint year after year.English Rose Garden JENRON DESIGNS 6 I do try to get unique bloomers to create an English style rose garden so I will always have a nice focal point throughout spring and summer months. While I do have a ton of knock out roses in my yard, I also love to use and feature high end roses as well. 

Planting & Ordering David Austin Roses

You may remember a couple of year ago I ordered a complete starter kit of the David Austin Roses, which originated in England and are a favorite of the Queen’s gardens. I fell in love with a few of these varieties while visiting Kew Gardens a few years back and knew I wanted to ordered some of these varieties for my own garden, like the Darcey Bussell seen above.English Rose Garden JENRON DESIGNS 2 One of the things I love about this variety is how much they resemble a peony with the double ruffle foliage and petals. It is that reason they are highly sought after in a lot of floral design work, along with the beautiful color variations as seen above in Desdemona and Heritage.English Rose Garden JENRON DESIGNS 3A few of my other favorites, which I have planted but are not blooming just yet:

  • Roald Dahl a beautiful apricot yellow with double blossoms
  • Munstead Wood velvet crimson with hints of blackberry
  • Imogen cream to pale yellow with frilly petals
  • Golden Celebration rich golden tea rose with strong fragrance
  • Bathsheba subtle apricot-pink with soft yellow double blooms

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Good Backdrops for a Rose Garden

A few things I have learned along the way are to add things with good background structure. Evergreen trees and shrubs that can have the possibility of producing blossoms. This will create a nice framework or backdrop for you garden even when they may not be in bloom. Plus if you go with an evergreen foliage you will still have some green in the winter. Here is a list of a few of my favorites:

  • Magnolias- varieties like Little Gem, Bracken’s Brown, & Teddy Bears (large Summer blooms fragrant)
  • Loropetalum or Weigela (spring blooms)
  • Pieris Mountain Fire
  • Gardenias (seen below)  fragrant summertime blooms perfect to float in a dish or pin in your hair
  • Camelias or Rose of Sharon (winter and early spring blooms)
  • Hollies- Chestnut Leaf & Golden King are two of my favorites for leaf colors and shape with bright red berry clusters 
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Create Your Own Cutting Garden

One of my true passions for every yard is to create a cutting garden, so I can cut fresh blooms for every season directly from my yard. There is no greater joy than to go out and cut fresh flowers from your own yard and create a vase arrangement for yourself.English Rose Garden JENRON DESIGNS 8For this I have created specific gardens, like my David Austin Rose Garden, Peony garden, which you can see in the distance, and Hydrangea garden which is just starting to green up. While each garden has several specimens or varieties of flower in them, they will bloom throughout the seasons making a nice garden focal point. I also have a large variety of perennials scattered about the garden to intermix as well. Varieties of greenery and such to fill with is also available too. Here are just a few of my favorites:

You can see more about How To Grow Your Own Perfect Peonies and learn the differences between Limelight verse Autumn Hydrangeas at these great garden lovers posts! See more year round garden tips in my Four Season Garden post as well.

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  1. Karen

    This is so beautiful- I wish you lived closer I’d have you redesign my entire house and backyard! The only flower I don’t love is a peony because they only last about a week and then make such a mess.

  2. Amber Myers

    How beautiful! I so wish I had the patience to grow things. My mom does so I admire her garden!

  3. bella

    This is so pretty!! I wish my garden looked this good! goals!!

  4. Beautiful! Perfect for summer! I’d love to have them on my garden, lovin all the colors!

  5. Tisha

    Your garden is inspiration!! Love these rose bushes.

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