A vintage garden

by Drucilla James

credit: ryanjzeigler

Chelsea Flower Show’s centenary was a reminder that plundering the past can help to create a perfect look for today. So in honour of that occasion, we’ve taken a trip through time to find inspiration for the garden from the last 100 years.

Summon up the elegance of the Edwardian period and capture the essence of languorous living


  1. 1900 bench by Fermob, £370 from Made in Design, www.madeindesign.co.uk
  2. Heritage tea for two set, £129 from Dobbies Garden Centres, www.dobbies.com
  3. Old English 2-seater roll top bench, £595 from Burford Garden Company, www.burford.co.uk
  4. Budleigh croquet set, £259.99 from The Conran Shop, www.conranshop.co.uk
  5. Rope twist path edgings, £30 for 12 from Dejavu Bygones, www.dejavubygones.co.uk
  6. Aged metal lantern, £26.50 or £30 from Nordic House, www.nordichouse.co.uk
  7. Cast iron hose tidy, £28 from Cast in Style, www.castinstyle.co.uk

Dig for Victory – grow your own in 1940s style


  1. Antique zinc planters (set of four), £45 from Idyll Home, www.idyllhome.co.uk
  2. Handmade heritage potting sieves, £24 each from Burford Garden Company, www.burford.co.uk
  3. Large oval tin bath, £49 from Mabel & Rose, www.mabelandrose.com
  4. Vintage linen cushions made from antique flax linen sacks, £55 each from Hen and Hammock, www.henandhammock.co.uk
  5. Allotment mugs – carrots, sweet peas or tomatoes, £12 each from the Natural History Museum, www.nhmshop.co.uk
  6. Vintage hand trowel, £15 from RE, www.re-foundobjects.com
  7. Box of heritage seeds, £17.50 from Labour and Wait, www.labourandwait.co.uk
  8. Apple pickers ladder plant support, £125 from Sparrow and Finch, www.sparrowandfinch.co.uk
  9. Bucket with wooden handle, £14 from Labour and Wait, www.labourandwait.co.uk

Celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of the Coronation with a swinging 1950s garden party in Festival of Britain fashion


  1. Set of 26 alphabet paper cups by hunky-dory home, £12 from notonthehighstreet.com, www.notonthehighstreet.com
  2. Mell picnic ware platter, £6.50 from Habitat, www.habitat.co.uk
  3. Vintage-style doily paper chain kit, £7.50 from Burford Garden Company, www.burford.co.uk
  4. Traditional stripy deckchair, £90 from Burford Garden Company, www.burford.co.uk
  5. Carnival cone wall planter, £12 from Anthropologie, www.anthropologie.eu
  6. 1950s thermos flask by Retropolitan, £30 from notonthehighstreet.com, www.notonthehighstreet.com
  7. Sweet Cake planter by Beerd Van Stokkum, £106.20 from Fab, www.Fab.com

Add some real flower power to the garden with a sixties look


  1. Petal dining table introduced by Knoll in Los Angeles in 1960, £2,412 from twentytwentyone, www.twentytwentyone.com
  2. Sixties low table by Fermob, £205 from Barbed, www.barbed.co.uk
  3. Sixties bench by Fermob, £420 from Barbed, www.barbed.co.uk
  4. Circles vintage fabric cushion, £28 from Roddy & Ginger, www.roddyandginger.co.uk
  5. Allunaggio stool designed in 1966 for Zanotta to celebrate the exploration of the moon, £700 from Aram Store, www.aram.co.uk
  6. 1966 adjustable chaise, £2,004 from twentytwentyone, www.twentytwentyone.com. The 1966 collection was designed for Florence Knoll’s home in Florida.

“The Shock of the New” –reflect the spirit of the late twentieth century with bold geometric forms, sculptural shapes and new materials


  1. Thinking Man’s chair, £1,465 from twentytwentyone, www.twentytwentyone.com
  2. Moon Chair designed by Mike To, £349 from Made, www.made.com
  3. Lido sun lounger by Skagerak, £549 from Skandium, www.skandium.com
  4. Miroir en herbe window box by Compagnie, £212 from Made in Design, www.madeindesign.co.uk
  5. Frame On arm chair and side table from The Modern Garden Company, www.moderngarden-furniture.co.uk
  6. Cristy hanging chair, £1,669 from The Chelsea Gardener,  www.chelseagardener.com
  7. Prismatic table by Vitra, £401 from Skandium, www.skandium.com
  8. Voido Rocking Chair, £478 from The Chelsea Gardener, www.chelseagardener.com

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