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English style gardens in warmer climates 

In CategoryTim Whitcombe
ByGardenAdvice Tim Whitcombe

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. 

Plants/Shrubs/climbers 

camellia

sambucus black lace

Cornus sanguinea ‘Winter Flame’

Cornus sericea ‘Flaviramea’ 

Ceanothus

Helleborus

Rhododendron

Acers 

Cornus scarlet fire

Genista Lydia 

Magnolia stellata

Wisteria 

Clematis armandii

Clematis jackmanii 

Actinidia kolomikta

Tree peony

Hydrangea ruby slippers

Caryopteris

Lonicera fragrantissima

Daphne auto marginata

Perennial plants 

Geranium johnsons blue

epimedium grandiflorum

Liatris kobold

Nepeta faassenii

Kalmia

Heuchera

acanthus

Salvia caradonna

Dicentra

White daisies

Scabious clive greaves 

Lonicera fragrantissima

Echinacea

Agapanthus 

Grasses 

Pampus grass

Festuca glauca 

Pennisetum Cassians Choice

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