The English are well-known for their attention to detail and for everything being proper; when they set their minds to something, they accomplish it as well, and they are considered to be some of the best gardeners in the world. Ever since colonial times, English people were very interested in nature and plants, and whomever got the opportunity of traveling to far-away places would try to come back with a few flowers, plants or shrubs. The more exotic the better, as one’s wealth and social position could also be reflected by the uniqueness of their greenhouses or winter gardens. They excel when it comes to outdoor gardens as well, and English gardens are a well-known symbol many have tried to emulate.
The English gardens have a unique appeal, and they came at a time when people were starting to get bored of the symmetry you would see in French or Austrian gardens; mathematical labyrinths, mirroring alleys and fountains, identical trees and complimentary flowers were beginning to seem a bit boring and people wanted a bit more fantasy in their lives. That is how the English garden was born, and it was inspired by ancient civilizations and the wilderness of untamed nature.
The first English gardens were created, of course, for the nobility, who also disposed of the greatest and most beautiful lands; their architects and landscaping artists used all their resources to create unique landscapes that seemed like they were taken from a fantasy book. One of the important elements that were present during the golden age of the English garden were the simulated ruins, which would represent bridges, canals, benches, gazebos, statues and other stone constructions. They were built in such a way that they would look ancient and historical, and were then surrounded by climbing plants and flowers.
Narrow and labyrinthine alleys with lush greenery, seemingly wild-growing flowers created intimate spaces where one could sit on a bench and meditate, breathing in the romantic atmosphere. Going down an alley like that could lead you to a wider landscape, where at once you would see hills and trees and birds having baths in small ponds. The English gardens were meant to offer you both freedom and intimacy, but especially the sensation that you were out of your own world.
This type of gardening subsequently became popular among the masses as well, and when you say English garden today you could also refer to those small but incredibly green gardens with a small bench or gazebo in them. If you want to build your own English gardens, then the variety of plants and flowers you choose must be great. You mustn’t arrange them by color or size, but let them grow independently as they like, while still paying attention to their growing needs. The more picturesque and faulty your garden looks, the more charming it will be, and you will find in it the relaxation you needed.