The Q&A Archives: victorian gardening

Question: Hi,
I am trying to find a list or get an idea of the type of plant material that was used in victorian gardens. Any help that you could give me would be greatly appreciated.

Answer: Victorian, or Cottage Gardens, are indigenous to any culture where people had small plots of land of their own. Every square inch of land would be covered with something of purpose, from cutting flowers, herbs and roses for culinary and medicinal purposes, to vegetables, and fruit trees, without crowding or sacrificing plant health.

Some of the elements of a Cottage Garden include an abundant variety of plants in an informal setting; Minimal or no turf; Pathways and patios of flagstone, old brick, gravel or mulch; Picket or wrought iron fences, trellises, birdbaths, gazing balls, garden bench.

Cottage Gardens typically include some of the following plants:
Trees ? ornamental trees such as Redbud, Mountain Laurel, Mexican Plum, Desert Willow, Wild Olive

Shrubs ? Wax myrtle, Bay Laurel, Sweet Olive, Loquat, Antique Roses, Plumbego, Fig, Flowering Almond, Pomegranate

Spire and Tall Perennials ? Sunflowers, Larkspur, Poppies, Indigo Spires Salvia, Bee Balm, Cleome, Iris, *Cosmos, Phlox

Mounding Perennials ? Dianthus, Lavender, Daisies, Pink Skull Cap, Texas Zinnia, Columbine, Jerusalem Sage, Shrimp Plant

Creeping and Filler Plants ? French Thyme, Johnny Jump- Ups, Lamb?s Ear, Wild Strawberry, Herbs of all kinds

Vining and Weaving Plants ? Old Fashion Roses, Star Jasmine, Hyacinth Bean, Wisteria, Queens Wreath, Sky vine, *Morning Glories, Trumpet Vine, Pole Beans, Sponge Gourd

Cottage Gardens are best irrigated with soaker hoses, drip irrigation systems or hand watering. Once established, when the plant sets new roots into the ground and the plant cannot be easily pulled up, once a week watering during the spring and summer in the absence of rain should be sufficient for plant health.

Hope this information helps you plan your perfect cottage garden!

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