Victorian gardens were formal and immaculately presented with defined sections and a strong emphasis on order and symmetry. Start by assessing the garden space that you have available, and decide how much of your garden you would like to dedicate to the Victorian era. There are lots of landscape designers available who can draw up plans for you, and there's even design software available online.
To prepare your garden, you will probably need to do a lot of tidying and clearing to maximize your design space. Many people hire local tree surgery companies to assist with clearing, pruning or even tree removal.
Once your garden is ready for work to begin, you could create a well-manicured lawn in the centre of your garden, which will provide a focal point when guests come to visit. If there’s room, you could add in some wrought iron patio furniture in keeping with your Victorian theme. Rectangle ponds filled with goldfish were also quintessentially Victorian, and, if you'd really like to transform your garden space, walled garden areas were extremely popular. You could fill your walled garden with symmetrical flowerbeds or a selection of your favourite 19th Century perennials. For a nice finishing touch, you could edge your flowerbeds with terracotta tiles.
How can you further enhance your garden?
Ornaments could be another key aspect of your Victorian garden. Typical Victorian ornaments included sundials, bird baths, fountains, sculptures and statues. Garden ornaments are a real eye catcher and talking point for your garden. If you have enough space for a garden party or a summer lunch, gazebos were also extremely popular in Victorian times and will add a real sense of elegance to the occasion.
Garden centres are an excellent source of garden ormaments but also look at Reclamation Yards and business that sell architectural antiques. Many of these items have been ripped out of existing gardens when they were replanned or developed and there are a wealth of treasures out there for you to find.
Whether you choose to simply add Victorian-style furniture and ornaments to your garden, or opt for a full landscaped transformation, by dedicating your outdoor space to this inspirational era you can guarantee that your Victorian-style garden will be a real showstopper for many years to come.
This is a guest blog by High Elms Tree Surgery who offer tree cutting and pruning services to Hertfordshire, London, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire.
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