20th-century gardens: Edwardian gardens to present day
Colour themed gardens reigned and, as a backlash against the hardships of two world wars, gardens became increasingly ornamental and low maintenance, culminating in the 1970s craze for conifers and grasses.
However, as the century came to a close, the garden style became more relaxed with a new fashion for prairie planting and an interest in wild flower meadows, while many have rediscovered the joys of kitchen gardening and self-sufficiency.
Style at a glance
- Garden Rooms divide the garden into different themes
- Cottage gardening looking back to a less industrial age
- Woodland gardens
- Colour co-ordinated borders influenced by artists such as Gertrude JekyllPerfect lawns, the result of improved lawn mower machinery and chemicals
- Bedding, a direct result of the commercialisation of the nursery trade
- Prairie planting, a late 20th-century naturalistic style of gardening
- Rose gardens, as popular as ever