Bygone eras have long been used as inspiration for interior design, art and architecture, but one area the vintage trend has never really taken off is in the garden. This is a pity, as although it is less well documented than vintage interiors and fashions, garden designs of the past offer up a wealth of inspiration and can be drawn upon to create a unique outdoor space brimming with eclectic charm. This week, we thought we’d look at four landscaping ideas from the past which we think could be adapted to suit the modern garden.
Edwardian country garden
In the early 20th century, Edwardian gardeners struck a perfect balance between artistic design and the natural world by creating a bold framework of hedges, terraces, pergolas, straight paths and sunken gardens which were planted with old fashioned flowers and fruits which were allowed to run wild, creating a natural ‘room’ effect that recalls a romantic bygone era.
Welcoming the birds and the neighbours in the 1920s
The 1920s saw two main gardening trends; the first was a genuine desire to celebrate wildlife which was done with bird baths, feeders, and fish ponds. The second was to make a public statement with a perfectly manicured front yard. Curb appeal is a concept that still carries a lot of water today and In the 1920s, front yard design was all about drawing attention with no fence, and any landscaping bordered by cheerful perennials. The growing interest in recreation was also reflected in garden design with large expanses of lawn used as putting ground, croquet grounds, and bowling greens.
Kitsch and consumerism in the 1950s
In the post-war period gardens were a sign of wealth and as a result, large showy flowers, a perfectly manicured lawn, and quirky garden sculptures like gnomes and flamingos came into vogue.
Getting back to nature in the 1970s
The hangover from 1950s and 60s consumerism meant that by the 1970s, people were yearning to go back to a simpler, more natural state. This reaction to consumerist decadence played out in the garden in the form of edible landscaping as well as a renewed interest in native plant varieties. Typical 1970s garden landscape features a vegetable patch and herb garden as well as fruit trees. Natural surface finishes such as untreated wood and exposed aggregate also became popular.
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