Hampton Style Plants to Grow in Australia

If you love the look of a Hampton-style garden and have the time, or can hire a gardener, to maintain it, here are some plants to consider.

A Hamptons garden draws its inspiration from the grand formal-style gardens that are found around England and France.

This style of garden encompasses a mix of lush green lawns surrounded by tidy hedges and well-maintained topiaries.

This is a style that relishes order and serenity. For this reason, floral hues are fairly muted and common flower colours are limited to blues, purples and whites.

If you simply love the look of a Hampton-style garden and have the time, or can hire a gardener, to maintain it, here are some plants to consider.

Add some height with trees

Conifers | Plant varieties

Both deciduous and evergreen trees can add some height to your Hamptons garden and provide much-needed shade in summer.

Suitable deciduous varieties include:

  • Birch
  • Myrtles
  • Ornamental pear trees
  • Weeping cherry trees
  • Weeping white mulberry

Suitable evergreen trees for a Hamptons garden include:

All of these trees either have a tidy growth habit or they can be pruned and shaped into a neat form.

Frame your garden with neatly trimmed hedges

formal garden hedges | Plant varieties

Lush lawns and structured paved areas should be framed with neatly trimmed hedges to form different ‘rooms’ in the garden.

Suitable varieties include:

Add mass plantings of Hampton-style flowers

lavender 3 | Plant varieties

For a Hampton-style garden, you want to select neat flowering plants that can be trimmed to shape.

Stick to floral hues of purple, blue and white and create mass plantings of just one variety in each section of the garden.

Some popular flowering plants to consider include:

  • Hydrangeas
  • Lavender
  • White roses
  • Gardenia
  • Calla lilies
  • White azaleas
  • Lilacs
  • Chrysanthemums in shades of blue, purple and white
  • Hebes

Use some climbing plants for screening

Star Jasmine 6 1 | Plant varieties

A nice formal screen can be created by using an arbour or similar type of structure to train a stunning climbing flowering plant over. Suitable plant varieties include:

Fast-growing climbing plants
Native climbing plants

Plant neat ground-cover plants between the pavers

Dichondra between pavers | Plant varieties

Another aspect of a Hampton-style garden is the planting of neat ground cover plants in between large pavers. These provide an extra depth to the garden and are quite easy to maintain.

An interesting style aspect is to place the pavers symmetrically but intersperse each one with a perfectly symmetrical patch of lush green ground cover.

This creates a checkered look and fits perfectly into a Hampton-style garden.

Suitable ground covers to consider include:

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Accent your garden with large pots filled with symmetrical plants

plants in pots | Plant varieties

Another feature of a Hampton-style garden is the large pots that are placed strategically around outdoor living areas. Cement or concrete pots are best for this and they should be white, of course.

However, if you find some interesting vintage pots, you can easily sand them back and white-wash them or use a light grey-coloured paint on them.

Plants that will look stunning in large pots include:

  • Box plants (Buxus) that have been shaped into a round
  • Standard white roses
  • Large hydrangeas
  • Small olive trees
  • Magnolia ‘Little Gem’

Herbs can also be used in a Hampton-style garden

Thyme | Plant varieties

There are many different types of herbs that can easily fit into this style of garden. Many of these can be pruned to form neat shapes or even low-growing hedges while others can be used as ground covers in between pavers.

Some popular herb varieties to consider include:

  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Oregano
  • Sage
  • Chives

These can also be grown in pots to add another dimension to your garden.

Don’t forget to add some topiaries

Topiaries | Plant varieties

Topiaries are a distinct design element in a Hampton-style garden. They add both style and structure and can provide an interesting feature in your garden.

Just remember that these will need to be trimmed on a fairly regular basis so that they retain their distinctive shape and form.

Here are some plants that are particularly suited to topiaries:

  • Camellias
  • Lilly pillies
  • Westringia
  • Conifers
  • Japanese box
  • Korean box
  • Euonymus
  • Myrraya
  • Pittosporum
  • Serissa
  • Sweet viburnum
  • Juniper
  • Magnolia

Hampton-style plants for gardens in the subtropics

Agapanthus | Plant varieties

While many of the plants already mentioned will grow happily in the subtropics, some of them are better suited to cooler, southern gardens.

However, you can still create a Hampton-style garden even if you live in the subtropics. Here is a top list of plants for you to consider:

  • Magnolia ‘Teddy Bear’
  • Gardenia radicans
  • Agapanthus (just remove the seed heads once they’ve finished flowering)
  • Lily Pillies
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Annette Hird

Annette Hird is a gardening expert with many years of experience in a range of gardening related positions. She has an Associate Diploma of Applied Science in Horticulture and has worked in a variety of production nurseries, primarily as a propagator. She has also been responsible for a large homestead garden that included lawn care, fruit trees, roses and many other ornamental plants. More recently, Annette has concentrated on improving the garden landscape of the homes that she has lived in and focused a lot of energy on growing edible plants as well. She now enjoys sharing her experience and knowledge with others by writing articles about all facets of gardening and growing plants.


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