The Use of Flowers During the Georgian Period

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The Use of Flowers During the Georgian Period
Flowers have long been used to speak volumes without saying a word. (bridal flower bouquet image by sumos from Fotolia.com)

The Georgian period lasted from 1714 to 1837, and was named for the man given credit for its creation, England's George I. The king initiated the movement to replace the Baroque style, and flowers were definitely not overlooked.

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It was during the Georgian period that gardens began to undergo a distinct change. Previously, gardens were created as grand masterpieces, in a way that resulted in each individual element being overlooked in favour of the larger picture. Focus turned more to the indiviudal plants, and flower borders began to come into style. This is also when planting flowers and trees in containers began.

The Use of Flowers During the Georgian Period
The oleander was one of the popular flowers in Georgian gardens. (Oleander image by Altmann from Fotolia.com)

Significance

It was also during the Georgian period that upscale homes began to have their own private gardens. Thanks to explorers and scientists, there were plenty of newly discovered flowers to feature in these new gardens. Hydrangeas, honeysuckle, rhododendrons, dahlias, hollyhocks and chrysanthemums were all popular.

Function

Flowers were for more than planting outside. Many patterns of the period, from clothing and curtains to furniture, featured flowered prints, typically with roses and carnations. Even the colour scheme of Georgian decor was inspired by the garden and flowers; early Georgian style featured colours like sage and blue-grey, while later in the period the pallette expanded to include pale, dusky pinks, sky blues and stony greys.

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