Garden Design

Garden Design

What type of garden is appropriate for your historic home’s style? Here you’ll find advice for garden design in numerous complementary styles, such as ornamental gardens, Georgian style, Federal style, Greek Revival, and more.

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Creating a Colonial Garden

Spanning nearly three centuries, colonial gardens encompass a wide variety of styles—which means tailoring a period-appropriate aesthetic to fit your needs has never been easier.












A Mission Garden

The hilly, unkempt site wasn’t his first choice, but Jim Bishop used its limitations to create a stunning, low-water landscape with rock-strewn dry streambeds, tile-decorated garden rooms, potted succulents, and meandering steps.

Shrubs for Every Old House

Without landscaping, even the most charming period home will appear incomplete. Shrubs are a common, traditional accompaniment to old houses, and they can be planted in a variety of formations with historical precedent—from foundation plantings to topiaries to walls of plants across the horizon.

Classic Plants for Historic Gardens

Classic bedding plants like dahlias, coleus, impatiens, and petunias have long been American garden favorites. Their seemingly timeless appeal stems in part from their consistent beauty and ease of growth—but scientific innovations play a part, too.



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