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Old English Style Landscaping HELP

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Mr. Midwest, May 29, 2012.

  1. Mr. Midwest

    Mr. Midwest LawnSite Member
    Posts: 43

    I recently looked at a job where the customer has a very old and very large brick home. They told me that they want OLD ENGLISH STYLE landscaping. Does anyone have any pictures or a list of plants commonly used in this style of landscaping?
  2. Grass887

    Grass887 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 46

    English Boxwoods?
  3. sven1277

    sven1277 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 636

    They are looking for formal English gardens. You should let someone who knows what they're doing tackle this job.
  4. AztlanLC

    AztlanLC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,045

    Just google old english garden and look images there u will see the look of it, if by looking at the pictures you recognize the plants and think you can achieve the same result I'd say go for it if you don't I suggest to hire someone to do the design. We can give you a list of many plants but the final result is about the interpratation and feel.
  5. Mr. Midwest

    Mr. Midwest LawnSite Member
    Posts: 43

    I have done some research online and I get the feel of the style. The only problem I see is she "thinks" she wants this style but the style does not match what she needs for function. Hiring a designer is not really an option where I am. There are no independent designers around.
  6. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,742

    The best thing to do is to let the customer know that "English Garden" means different things to different people and shee needs to explain which is the style she is referring to.
    Most people think of what is also called "cottage garden" when you say English Garden. Others think of pastoral landscapes like those by Capability Brown that are large alterred pieces of land to create a natural looking park-like estate. Then there are gardens that went on in the Victorian era.
    Throw the ball back in her court to find out what she is looking for so you can move in the right direction.
  7. Dr.NewEarth

    Dr.NewEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,441

    Look up this Lady. GERTRUDE JEKYLL She's from the 1800's and is a famous English Garden creator.
  8. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,742

    The "Old English Period" was far earlier than the 19th century. My guess is that she probably means Victorian. Why don't you ask instead of guessing?
  9. Mr. Midwest

    Mr. Midwest LawnSite Member
    Posts: 43

    Thanks for the input guys. I did talk to the homeowner and she admitted that she has no idea what she wants. Someone just told her that it would look nice back there and she relayed the message to me. It ends up she just wants me to design it how i think it would look the best. Best of luck to everyone and try not to get to burned out haha.
  10. clcare2

    clcare2 LawnSite Member
    from indiana
    Posts: 224

    Just keep asking questions until you are both on the same page. I had client that for an entire winter of design held fast to the idea that she wanted an old english or cottage garden. Yet every time i tried to design one she was unhappy turns out she wanted a specimen garden with walkways throughout. Suddenly it went from a medium sized hedge enclosed space to a 3 acre park style with over 40k in odd plants.

    The nursery owner had an entire semi dropped off and she spent a week picking and choosing. He took the leftovers back and everyone was happy.

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