When I think of Victorian gardens images of elegance and romance in days gone by enter my mind. Victorian gardens were very popular in an era that has long passed, but their beauty still exists in many gardens in today’s modern world. This romantic elegance, often inspired by picturesque paintings that idealized cottage life back in the Victorian English countryside can be recreated in your own Victorian garden. You don’t necessarily need to be a professional gardener to do this either, just a lover of nature and beauty. Here are some tips and ideas on how to plant and grow on what I consider to be some the prettiest gardens around, the Victorian garden.
1. First determine the style of your house and yard and then make a rough plan of your garden. Early Victorian gardens were sometimes small and located close to the house, creating a greeting for guests with a pleasant and welcoming atmosphere. Symmetry and balance are important, but the pattern of your garden may vary. The Victorian garden may include sculpture, benches, fountains, fences, arbors and gazebos, depending on the size and space of the area where you are planning to plant it and the look and feel you want to create.
2. Consider the maintenance of the garden based on your lifestyle. A low maintenance design Victorian garden is best for starters, which includes mulching, watering, weeding and removing dead plants throughout the season.
3. Keep in mind sun and shade areas when determining what plants you want in your Victorian garden. Consider plants that give protection from summer sun, but allow warmth in the winter if you’re looking at planting any trees.
4. Incorporating vining plants such as honeysuckle, hydrangeas and climbing roses are important in your Victorian garden especially if you have arbors and fences or your trying to cover or camouflage a bad area in your yard.
5. Keep nature in mind when planting your Victorian garden. Butterflies and hummingbirds are known to inhabit a colorful beautiful Victorian garden. This can become of the most beautiful aspects of your garden. Purple, blue, yellow and pinks attract the butterflies, while reds, oranges and yellows are favorites of the hummingbirds.
6. Victorian gardens overflow with beautiful lush flowers. Both perennials and annuals are planted in these gardens so you have blooming color throughout the entire growing season. Color, color, color everywhere is the key to the beauty of your garden.
7. Once you have your Victorian garden prepared for planting, it’s time to pick out your favorite flowers that will be planted and enjoyed in this place of beauty. This is the most fun part of it all, I think. Some of the flowers that are popular and easy to grow in your Victorian garden in addition to roses and hydrangeas which are a must, are phlox which make excellent ground cover , bleeding hearts, geraniums, saliva, asters, clematis, daffodils, zinnias, fox glove, forget-me-not, petunia, climbing sweet pea, honeysuckle, morning jewel, and the list could go on and on.
Whether you want to edge a walkway, adorn a doorway, or enhance a patio area, the options are endless when it comes to planting and growing a beautiful Victorian garden. A well maintained Victorian garden is one natures most inspiring and beautiful showplaces on God’s good earth, I feel.
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