A Victorian garden served several purposes. Not only was it a mark of status to neighbors and visitors, but it was a place to take a walk and be a part of nature without going far from home. In short, the Victorian garden was a little slice of heaven on your property. The garden also served as a way to maintain privacy with your neighbors.
The opulence of the Victorian Age also spilled over into the gardens. Lavish fountains, colorful flowers, wall hedges, and occasional benches were all signature pieces of Victorian garden spaces. Here is a guide and some ideas for creating a modern Victorian-style garden on your property.
Graph paper is the best way to plan a Victorian garden, especially when you have rows of hedges. Hedges in a Victorian garden were used to maintain privacy within the garden and still have the pleasure of seeing greenery. Graph paper can be used to make scale drawings of your garden ideas with pencil.
Hedges will probably be best for the border, especially around three sides facing neighbors. Leave one side open towards your house so you can see the garden through your window. You’ll also want to plan some walkways through your garden whether the walkway is covered in stone, mulch, or just regular grass.
One thing to consider is to have a romantic archway somewhere in the garden. If you have a huge yard, an archway is a perfect entryway into the rest of your yard. This archway can be a wooden trellis or even an archway made of tall hedges that you have pruned to grown into each other.
The most laborious part of this garden will be the tall hedges. It may take a few years for them to grow how you want them. Spacing the hedges the perfect amount apart will be the key when it comes to growing the plants higher and taller without competition. Depending on what type you get from your local grower, you may want to space the hedges two or even as much as five feet apart at the roots so they have room to grow. Hedges should be planted in the spring to develop root systems quickly and efficiently.
The interior of the garden should be an expression and labor of love. There should be plentiful colors from purple to red and yellow to orange. There will be plenty of green from the hedges so you may want to go easy on any green plants. Space them evenly so they have room to grow and you have room to walk and work on the garden. Rose bushes will definitely be appropriate for a Victorian garden.
Fountains, sundials, statues, and other tasteful additions to the garden are completely appropriate. Garden gnomes, stone bunnies, and animal statues can be used depending on your tastes. The garden should still be about colorful plants.
Hedges will be the most plentiful aspect of maintenance as well as keeping back the weeds. For tall hedges, you’ll need a tall A-frame ladder and a far reaching set of hedge clippers. Pruning out any bad branches will also be necessary. If you have any vines to add you will need a trellis structure for them to grow, and pruning vines will also be a priority to keep them healthy. If you have a water fountain, checking the motor and keeping it clean will also be something at the forefront of your garden experience.