Vintage Charm: Creating Period Garden Styles
Much of Flea Market Gardening style is that of the old and time-worn. We have decided that we like the cast-off, ever-lasting and quality of yesterday when it comes to garden decoration. The flowers we choose are the ones our mothers had, or our grandparents had, …ones that bring back sweet memories. Learn from our gardeners how to achieve this look in your garden in this three part series.
As much as possible in a vintage style garden, the look is ancient, as if the gardener was long gone and the garden fallen abandoned. Furniture like chairs and bench are left with chipped paint and containers rust in the blazing sun. Sturdy plant survivors like iris, day lilies and daffodils wave in a cool evening breeze. Paths are a bit overgrown and the style is cottage gardens gone a bit wild.
A kind of deep peace settles on the garden and pervades in to quiet your mind and Still, solid garden design elements are there. Focal points, winding paths and plants placed from tall to small in the slightly unkempt beds. A few reeds of tall grassy weeds are allowed to stay and thrive, never over growing the colorful flowers.
Nothing of the present day appears and the age of the garden is obscure. Vintage artifacts stand where they could 75 years ago, accented by flowers which somehow made their way in to take root.
Catch up on Part one: