Don’t let the rainy season take you out of the gardening mood. Originating in England, Victorian gardens are lush and green from the constant rain. With these tips, you can add to the authenticity of your landscape, no matter how modest it may be.
1. Plant a fine-blade grass for your lawn—the most important element in any Victorian garden. Keep the lawn well-manicured and clean-edged for a precise look.
2. Use shrubs and hedges along pathways to define lines. Like your lawn, keep shrubs carefully manicured.
3. Arrange classic Victorian annual and perennial flowers in neat flower beds. Roses, tulips, snapdragons, hydrangeas, azaleas and rhododendrons were among the most popular flowers in the Victorian era. Changing with the seasons, annual bedding plants add diversity in colors and sizes throughout the year.
4. Consider a trellised archway with climbing vines as the entrance to your garden or as a focal point for a porch or patio.
5. Search for old birdbaths, stone urns, fountains, sundials or iron lanterns at architectural reclamation and salvage yards or flea markets.
6. Install edging stones to define and separate flowerbeds, paths and lawn.
7. Establish comfortable entertaining areas for casual gatherings. Traditional Victorian outdoor furniture consisted of tables and chairs made of cast-iron, wood or wicker. Incorporate benches into your garden along paths to take in specific views. If you have a porch, add a porch swing. Border your sitting areas with trees to provide shade and privacy.
8. Beautifully detailed porch wall sconces or wood lampposts using Victorian motifs can add that final touch of charm to your outdoor space.
By Cheryl Johannes
Photography by Jacqueline deMontravel