For the very best garden inspiration, look no further. We have compiled some of the world’s best gardens including Giverny (Monet’s inspiration), Capability Brown’s Stowe and Luciano Giubbilei’s gardens.
Stowe was Capability Brown’s first major commission, and today is one of the most magnificent landscape gardens in England. He rose to prominence here as Head Gardener by the age of 26 and lived in the area for ten years with his wife. Now managed by the National Trust, Stowe features winding paths, lakes, and temples.
During the 18th century, the gardens surrounding English stately homes were often formal in their design and reflected the highly elaborate French style known as ‘jardin à la français’ that had long dominated European garden design. Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown would become the final and most illustrious of a small group of landscape architects that introduced and pioneered the English garden. Brown’s work highlighted the beauty of a more naturalistic garden, implementing smooth undulating grass, clumps and scatters of trees, and even man-made lakes designed to look entirely indigenous. He leaves behind a legacy that continues to define the meaning of an ‘English country garden’ right up to the present day.
Giverny garden became Monet’s life’s masterpiece. It inspired his love of colour, botany, painting and his wife Alice. He fell in love with it when spotting it from a train window and immediately rented a property there until he could afford to buy it, and spent the rest of his life tending to its gardens and using it as one of his main subjects. It doesn’t get much more inspiring than taking a turn around the father of impressionism’s main muse.
For years, Luciano Giubbilei avoided flowers in his garden designs but, over time, he came to love and understand their transient nature. His floral gardens have won awards at RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
Scroll through our edit of garden inspiration for some of the best gardens in the world, ahead of this month’s Chelsea Flower Show. Read our guide to the event here.