5 Famous Gardens to Inspire Your Own

Deciding to landscape your yard and coming up with the design for it are two very different things. Besides taking into account the size of your existing space, you have to consider how you want to use the space, how much time you can spare to care for it, and which plants will thrive there while also providing a charming aesthetic.

Get some inspiration from these magnificent gardens designed in a style perfect for their climate.

Gardens of Versailles
The Palace at Versailles is a baroque structure built in the seventeenth century literally covered in gold, inside and out. As a symbol of the French monarchy’s wealth and power, it also boasts nearly 2,000 acres of gardens suited to the warm, temperate weather of northern France.

If you live in a similar climate, take note of the precise placement of hedges and flowerbeds. You can also take your small space and design it to reveal new and intoxicating views the deeper in you go.

Chatsworth Garden
For fans of Jane Austen living in a moderate, rainy climate, look no further than Chatsworth House located in Derbyshire, England. Started in the sixteenth century by Sir William Cavendish, it has received additions and restorations throughout its time.

With lush grass and walks leading to beautiful ponds and an exotic greenhouse, you can fill your yard with an overflow of color. You’ll have a lawn to lounge on with a cozy path or two winding between the trees.

Karoo Desert National Botanical Garden
If you live in an arid region similar to the Hex River Mountains range of South Africa, you can definitely find some inspiration from the succulents and other desert plants that thrive at Karoo Desert in Worcester. This garden, set up in 1921 and moved to its current location in 1945, is fairly young in comparison to the others we have looked at.

Flowers including Namaqualand daisies, ground orchids, and the Karoo boer-bean keep the garden full of color throughout each season, attracting insects and birds as well. Invest in plants similar to the striking quiver tree to liven up your deserted corner.

Boboli Garden
The Boboli Gardens, named for Giardino di Boboli, are one of the largest Italian-style gardens in the world. They are full of beautiful geometrics and lovely paths taking you past picturesque statutes and a large porcelain collection with pieces which once belonged to the Last Medici Grand Duke.

If you live in a humid subtropical climate like Florence, a cerchiate, or arbor made from the bending of tree branches into an arc, could lend a respite from the hot sun of summer. It also houses an amphitheater that, if emulated, could be a brilliant space for those who love to host performances or events viewable from all sides.

People looking for something more out of the box can’t wrong with the temple grounds of Ryoan-ji in Kyoto Japan. Built in a high humidity area with periods of bad weather, it was converted into a temple in the fifteenth century and houses a famous rock garden with a less certain past.

A penchant for symbolism and Zen landscape design might attract you to model your own garden after this space. And don’t think that a rock garden has to take up your whole yard; Ryoan-ji temple also has lively walking paths lined with trees and other foliage you can mimic.