Victorian-Style LandscapeHow do you landscape a Victorian-style home in a dry climate? Master gardener Linda King came up with the perfect solution: She married the favorite plants in turn-of-the-19th-century gardens with the low-water-use plants ideal for the Mediterranean-like climate.
HGTV's Dream Home 2009 landscape offers plenty of the color and fragrance that Victorians loved in their gardens. Roses; hydrangeas; rhododendrons; and a collection of perennials and annuals like rudbeckia, echinacea, flowering tobacco, coreopsis and zinnias also give the landscape the romantic, soft-and-rounded look that was so beloved in Victorian yards. Says Linda, "A lot of grasses and architectural plants wouldn't have suited this style of house."