Victorian style gardens are designed for order and neatness. Geometry and neatness are very important in a garden that is Victorian. Most Victorian gardens have several key elements a lawn, shrubs vines, flowers, trees, and garden decorations. These elements help to make up the design of the Victorian Garden.
The lawn in Victorian gardens are manicured and perfectly maintained. Often estates have this type of lawn and they are large. They are in the front and back of the home and the gardens are built around the lawn and property. Shrubs are used to make borders for the gardens and often to frame windows and doorways. If a garden has a foot path or walkway often shrubs line the path to show the neat organized design of the garden.
Flowers are a big part of the Victorian gardens. Victorian roses are common climbing up and over trellises and walls. These garden often have exotic plants so you may see many different types of flowers in a Victorian garden. Because many plants are grown in green houses often the garden have excellent quality plants too.
Popular Victorian flowers for gardens were azaelas, holly, lilacs, bayberry, peony and quince. Popular vines are ivy, honeysuckle, morning glory, and wisteria. Often Victorian gardens planted asters, chrysanthemums, pansies, violets, lavender and day lilies. Many Victorian gardens have ferns because ferns were often collected during this era. They are planted according to the height in gardens and on walkways. Often flowers are planted in window boxes too when rooms are at a minimum.
Many Victorian gardens have exotic trees. They are placed to provide shade for certain areas. They are often near entrance ways and doorways. Cast iron fencing was popular in Victorian gardens. Many city and country garden had fences. They kept the gardens seperate from the home and organized well.
Lawn oranaments is another part of the Victorian garden or props. These are often sun dials, statutes, and fountains. Other decorative Victorian garden elements are birdbaths, gazing balls, and benches to stop and sit on. In very formal gardens one would find gazebos and pavilions.
Chinese art and objects were very popular during Victorian times. New garden can add red glazed planters with scenes, or black lacquered garden tools. Sometimes even a Chinese screen for the porch might add an interesting element. They often had garden pool with gold fish and or even water gardens with lilies.
Victorian garden designs are often symmetrical and geometric. Flower beds, lawns, and garden pools are often geometrically shaped. Often columns,trellises, and arches are used to enhance the design of the garden. A classic lawn ornaments or statue is used as the focal point of a garden. A fountain and bench to sit on for example in the front or back of the garden is often standard. Bricked or paved paths are often part of the Victorian design.
When planting a Victorian garden be prepared to spend time maintaining, weeding, cutting, and watering to keep it looking good. Colors are usually bright like red, pink, yellow, and orange.