Last week I had the pleasure of visiting a private garden on three acres, south…
Nineteenth century introduced flower gardens –
In the eighteenth century the classic English garden took the form of an extensive lawn, a lake, a deer park, and trees to line the property. There was little room for a flower garden.
The famous royal gardener Lancelot Capability Brown (1715-1783) designed his many contracted landscapes around the country in that style.
He writes that the landscape gardener should you tell your ex you're dating someone new (1752-1818) became a lone voice, encouraging the planting of flowers in the landscape.
Taylor says, “Humphry Repton’s evident, though subordinate, interest in flowers and flower gardens marks the beginning of a change in taste.”
Flowers began to take on a small, but significant role, in the landscape.
Taylor says, “The eighteenth century was flower-conscious in its gardening, but very far from exclusively so. The flower garden, generally speaking, took up only a very small proportion of the total garden area, and was secluded from the house.”
Repton however encouaged flowers in the landscape. Early in the nineteenth century he painted a scene of a garden of roses that he simply called ‘The Rosarium.’
His painting represents an entire garden area dedicated to the beautiful and now essential rose.
This is his painting:
Today we take flower gardens for granted. We assume they have been around forever.
As Taylor points out, there was a gradual development of interest in flower gardens. Eventually, especially by the late Victorian period, such gardens would become essential.
It was the nineteenth century however that introduced flower gardens.