English style gardens in warmer climates
The GardenAdvice Team are often asked to to help create English country style gardens in warmer climates often with high summer temperatures and no frosts plus higher light levels. This can cause problems for lots of plants need a cold weather period and the dormant season of the winter to recover. In a climate with no real winter plants often suffer the plant equivalent of sleep deprivation and die after a few years.
As well as the selection of plants the key is often the preparation of the soil making sure it has a high level of organic mater and mulches to maintain the moisture levels and the plants access to moisture.
Here is a list of the plants we often use in warmer climates to create a soft English style garden.
sambucus black lace
Cornus sanguinea ‘Winter Flame’
Cornus sericea ‘Flaviramea’
Cornus scarlet fire
Hydrangea ruby slippers
Daphne auto marginata
Geranium johnsons blue
Scabious clive greaves
Pennisetum Cassians Choice