Victorian Landscape Design
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- Continuous plantings of green shrubs with occasional splashes of color exemplify the Victorian style.
- White garden ornaments contrast beautifully with soothing greenery.
- This pedestal and urn planted with a vibrantly healthy fern makes the perfect focal point for the Victorian garden.
- Iron arbors and furniture are a classic Victorian and English garden element.
Victorian Landscape Style Guide
Use this design sheet to help you create the perfect Victorian-inspired landscape. You’ll get ideas for color, décor, materials, plants and fabric. It is a great starting point for any landscaping project.
Victorian Landscape Style Guide (PDF)
Classic garden plants:
Ferns (in urns or hanging pots)
Perennials for color
Mediterranean climate plants:
Australian bluebell creeper
White cyclamen (winter color for small pots)
Low water plants:
Fortnight lily (Dietes)
Dwarf yeddo hawthorn (boxwood substitute)
Ray Hartman California lilac
Pacific wax myrtle
True myrtle (Myrtus)
California bush anemone
White Kalanchoe in pots
The Victorian era blended ornate embellishments with the classic refinement of an English garden. While the manicured hedges and clean lines of the landscape might lead you to believe the Victorians were stuffy, in fact, says landscape designer Donna Lynn, “they had a marvelous sense of experimentation and loved to incorporate exotic plants and whimsical décor touches into the landscape.” Lynn has been designing landscapes for over 20 years, and here she shares her professional tips for creating a Victorian-inspired garden.