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A Truly English Garden

After a British intelligence officer fell in love with a Kansas deputy sheriff, they transported the English garden look to their Midwest yard where their joys bloom amidst the roses.

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English Style in the Midwest

We don't have a moist, English climate here, but the same romantic look can be replicated using plants and design ideas.

ARCHES

An arch adds height to a garden. White arches draw your eye, but metal hoops that seem to disappear when covered with climbing plants are also effective.

PATHS

Many textures work, including gravel, grass, brick or chipped wood. Make paths wide enough for two people strolling.

FLOWERS EVERYWHERE

An English garden includes trees and shrubs, but using a variety of flowers is a hallmark. In the Midwest, annuals can provide constant bloom and vibrancy. Whites, pinks and burgundies are traditional color schemes.

LOTS OF ROSES

No English garden is complete without roses. In our climate, hybrid teas require lots of maintenance and may not survive our winters. Instead, plant hardy and disease-resistant landscape or shrub roses that rebloom, such as any in the Knock Out or Easy Elegance series.

MAIL ORDER SOURCES

Seek 'New Dawn' and 'Awakening' roses at local nurseries or by mail from Heirloom Roses (503/538-1576; www.heirloomroses.com); Vintage Gardens (707/829-2035; www.vintagegardens.com); and High Country Roses (800/552-2082; www.highcountryroses.com). For 'Dr. W. van Fleet' and 'New Dawn': Wayside Gardens (800/213-0379; www.waysidegardens.com). For other hardy roses: Spring Valley Roses (715/778-4481; www.springvalleyroses.com)

VISIT THE GARDEN

John and Connie Anderson welcome garden visitors weekdays noon to 5 p.m. and weekends 10 a.m. to dusk at 1700 Grand Avenue in Leavenworth, Kansas.

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