Victorian era is considered to be the most vibrant and multifaceted era in British history and its various attributes have had laid a deep impact on fashion, architecture, education, women, and others. The elegance which characterised Victorian era is being increasingly adopted in the contemporary period, so much so to incorporate Victorian-era elements in interior designing, and one of the areas where people have started adding Victorian elements is garden designing.
There are many ways to give a Victorian touch to your garden; however, in order to effectively and wholly incorporate fundamentals of this form of style, there are a number of points you should keep in mind without fail.
Here are five tips to create a Victorian-styled garden:
1. The Lawn
A well-maintained lawn is absolutely inseparable to your garden, and therefore, you are needed to take care of it as much as possible. Creating a lawn requires substantial physical and material resources; you need to constantly water it, undertake weed control and apply fertilizers (organic ones, preferably!), and mow in growing season. All of these should be done keeping in mind the structure and organization of the lawn.
Lawns held great social importance back in Victorian-era; all parties and informal gatherings were conducted on the lawns, and thus, a neat and ordered lawn was considered a social necessity. This makes it clear that if you wish for a Victorian-styled garden, you will have to begin with a lawn.
2. The Flowerbeds
Flowerbeds were preferred over a flower garden. People used to allocate some space for flowerbeds where flowers of the equivalent height were nurtured—this is famously known as carpet bedding. Gardeners would ensure that the contours of the beds were characterised by the same color, height and variety of plants.
3. The Furniture
Victorian era is known for its distinct style of furniture, and it is this distinctness which you should endeavour to incorporate in your garden. The furniture includes swings arm chair, tables, etc, and all of these can be easily purchased online, if there is no good market in town.
4. The Fencing
Most of the Victorian-era gardens were fenced, and cast iron was used popularly because it was not only strong but also embellishing. The style of fencing differed greatly, depending upon the nature of the setting. For instance, in informal settings, rustic fences were more prominently used. The picket fence used to be covered with shrubs.
When I say stylish, I mean it. Victorian-era gardens were superbly chic, incorporating all kinds of ornamental additions to invite elegance into the atmosphere. You are, therefore, required to embellish your garden with decorations such as birdbaths, urns, garden water fountains, lawn balls, artificial ponds, sculptures, sundials, etc.
The number of additions may vary with the size of the garden, the budget, and availability of items. However, keep this in mind: No matter how many additions you make to your garden, make sure the garden does not look congested but sober and classy.