Villa D’Este is synomous with water features, however clipped hedges, clean lines and concrete hard landscaping all come into play. There are very few other landscapes which use drama so effectively. It is not suprising that the Villa was used for large extravagansas and concerts. From the hidden grottos to the suprise fountains it is a feast of drama.
Rows of Terracotta pots filled with Citrus trees or white roses, interspersed with Lavender and a focal concrete water feature at the end of the vista will create yor very own D’Este style garden.
Beautiful Statues can create a similar drama in a small area. Suprise gardens and a concrete water feature will add to the effect. Dont be afriad of the splashing out of the water, it is all part of the effect!
As demonstrated in the image above, the design can be remarkably simple to be effecitive. A simple, formal design with structure, and height to create the drama, using Italian looking plants so there can be no mistaking the theme that one is trying to achieve
Monet’s garden is autonomous with vividly bright coloured planting, curved bridges and large reflective dams packed with water lilies. almost hap hazzard in design… a true artists garden.
He used irises very effctively to create the dramatic bursts of colour. Amazingly they have te same “painted” effects in real life. Planted in dramatic rows he led the eye to the focal point or down a path.
The large dams packed with waterlilies and willows dropping in is out of reach of the average gardener, however a small reflective pond, or even a large pot with water lilies in it will create a similar relaxing, reflective effect.
Arches can be used to great effect to tame the rambling creepers and give them structure. It is also the perfect way to create instant shade and height in a garden and three dimensional colour bursts.
Rolling lawns, large trees and water, either transversing your landscape, or in still ponds are the order of the day. Clipped hedges and shrubs add to the order of the “natural” landscape.
Benches or bird baths should act as focal points. If the area is large enough a stine bridge would compliment the landscape. A focal point in a landscape such as this is essential.
Lawn is an essential part of the landscape, and can be used as parkland, rolling lawns, or even as pathways if space dictates. The planting is often soft, with the abscence of hard landscape objects (with the exception of the focal point) and is softened further with the abundant use of the lawn.
Gentle curved lines, with the lawn at the centre, serpentine water ways all guiding the eye to a central point or feature.
All of the planting is soft and the colour is subtle, either in the form of different colour foliage, or muted tones of flowers. It is the copy of nature with a managed feel.
Central Park is famous for its expansive lawns, woodlands, waterfeatures, Gazebos, rose gardens and magnificent trees. Clipped manicured shrubs with wild clumps of trees are the way to go. Should your property be large enough, secret gardens will compliment the setting. It is a “natural” managed look.
The rose gardens are world famous. A feature, such as the water feature in Central Park normally donimates the centre of the rose garden and is the focal point.
Care must be taken, when designing a garden based on the Central Park theme, that there are object/s of interest so that the eye does not drift lazily across the landscape, but rather settles on an area/structure of interest.
Rolling lawns with feature trees are central to this theme. Pavers and benches bring the theme together. Gazebos can be used to great effect, to bring instant height to the landscape, as well as being functional.
There are many distinct landscape themes which make Versailles unique. Using one or two of the techniques in your own garden, will go a long way to creating a garden themed on that of one of the Masters.
No matter how big or small the area, a little piece of Versailles theme can be incorporated. Clipped hedges, water features, concrete hard landscaping, gravel paths, boxed trees and formality are all the rule of thumb.
If space is an issue, then clipped hedges, with a small water feature and gravel will do the trick. For larger landscapes, boxed trees in clumps, water features, even dams all designed formally ( balance on both sides of the axis)
Clean lines, with the hint of extravagance, is what is required. Edging and subtle concrete features (even terracotta pots) can be used. If the famous Orangery is to be copied, large square wooden pots with Citrus trees are to be used. Lavender can be incorporated abundantly.
All features should obviously be in a French style, From the lights/lanterns to the choice of pots or statues. Brown gravel can be used to bring the entire landscape together.