As much as there’s perhaps a justified push-back among the locals, there are many places around the world where you’d find a Victoria Era inspired garden. It’s just distinctive and the fact that it represents some kind of colonial past is probably overlooked by just how beautiful that style is.
Go to the likes of Victoria, the capital of the Seychelles, and you’ll find some inspiring Victorian Era garden square beauty. That makes for just one of many examples though, with some private residences carrying this distinctive theme.
So here are the elements to consider when trying to cultivate your own Victorian Era inspired garden:
Wooden or cement clock tower
If you have to, commission a bespoke teak garden furniture manufacturer to have the basic structure of the clock fashioned for what will be the single defining factor of your Victorian Era inspired garden. You could go with steel or cement if you really had to, but the wood looks more natural and if a variety such as teak is used then it can last a lifetime.
Even if the clock doesn’t actually run you can still lay claim to having a complete Victorian Era inspired garden piece!
Teak wood garden benches
Teak garden furniture pieces like garden benches would have to match the central piece that is the clock tower, which just by the way can be as small as is practical for your very own garden; as is the case with the one housed in the capital of the beautiful Seychelles islands. So if you would have gone with concrete for the clock tower, the garden benches would have to match as well, which is why teak wood makes for a better choice as it’s much easier to work with as a material.
It’s easier to move teak wood garden benches around than what would be more permanent cement park benches.
Extremely well-manicured plants
If you want to maintain a Victorian-inspired garden then you’ll probably have to invest the time and/or money required to make it look like you did indeed spend a lot of money on it. It must look like you have a team of ghost gardeners who trim, prune and maintain the plants and other garden structures for a living!
Otherwise unnecessary luxuries such as seriously thirsty lawns are the order of the day as well.
A complementary mix of endemic and exotic plants
Victorian-style gardens are extremely well-manicured no matter what plants are cultivated, typically housing an extensive mix of exotic plants to complement the endemic ones. You wouldn’t be holding back here, even if that exotic variety of a particularly beautiful flower requires the attention akin to that required by an infant. Typically though the endemic plants dominate as they’d naturally be easier to grow and maintain. On the other hand, exotic plants have traditionally been harder to maintain due to the unfamiliar weather they have to grow in. However, now with the availability of weather stations (more here) that can monitor soil temperature, humidity, leaf wetness, and so on, it is easier to maintain the necessary conditions to support a healthy growth cycle for exotic species.
Rockery and stone features
Rock features in landscaping can provide originality to your Victorian Era garden design. Hardscapes such as a fountain, an artificial pond made of bedrock and pebbles, a koi fish pond, a stone walkway, and aquatic plants could help to highlight your garden theme. To incorporate these features into your house’s backyard, you can get Landscaping Rocks and stones from a home exterior contractor. A reliable construction firm can also provide you with professionals to help with designing the Victorian garden and planning out these hardscape elements.
Planters and plant pots
Using the likes of teak wood planters might perhaps be putting a modern spin on the quintessential Victorian-era garden, but hey, do what you have to do if that’s what it takes to adapt your refined taste to modern-day realities!