From the self-sufficient gardens of the medieval period through to the low maintenance, ornamental gardens of the 20th century, we explore how fashions of the time have greatly influenced garden design.
Medieval garden style was dominated by monasteries and manor houses. Herbs were grown for medicine and gardens were an important food source.
The influence of the Renaissance left its mark on the gardens of the Tudors, seen in the inclusion of architectural features. The most recognised feature from this period is the knot garden.
Gardens grew larger during the Stuart period as the influence of French and Dutch formal gardens brought features such as long avenues, terraces and topiary.
Gardens and parks merged into one during the 18th century to create a British style that would influence gardens across Europe.
Exotic plants from around the world were brought home to gardens by Victorian collectors. The bright new colours were displayed in more formal garden styles.
The structured 'rooms' that epitomised gardens at the turn of the century were later softened with borders of the many new herbaceous plants being bred.
Take a stroll through one of the many rose gardens in full bloom this summer. There are hundreds of varieties bred by gardeners many years ago. Find out about original planting schemes and enjoy the delicate scent and colours of old-fashioned roses.
What could be more exciting than discovering a secret garden - a garden within a garden to play in and explore?
From restoring the gardens of the past to wild planting for the future, head behind the scenes and find out what it takes to look after your favourite gardens.