The Country Garden Author:Country Homes and Gardens For much of this century, the American garden has conformed to a conventional approach to landscaping: neat foundation plantings, perfectly clipped hedges, manicured lawns. All of this has changed, however, with the growing popularity of the country garden, in informal garden style best defined by its inviting, natural look. Instead of featuring... more » isolated flower beds, the country garden is more apt to bloom in a tangle of wildflowers, or climbing roses and lush ground covers, or drifts of ornamental grasses might replace a traditional lawn. And while a country garden may, in fact, be carefully planned, its overall look is more likely to resemble a spontaneous creation of nature than the work of a professional gardener.
This ?new? garden style actually finds its roots in the past, reflecting the influence of several 19th �" and early - 20th�"century landscape gardeners. Most notable are Andrew Jackson Downing and Frederick Law Olmsted in America and Gertrude Jeckyll in England. Inspired by the cottage gardens of 16th-century English peasants �" in which ornamental, food, and medicinal plants were mixed in wild profusion �" these authoritative tastemakers on both sides of the Atlantic advocated planting hardy local specimens in an ?orderly disorder? that imitates mature. Their sensitive approach to landscaping is revived in the country garden today.« less