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The Indian Pink

The Indian Pink was one of the more beautiful flowers in the Victorian garden. It was known as a biennial as it was usually sown in one summer, to flower in the next summer before it died. But the committed…

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Hydrangea

The hydrangea was a common sight in Victorian gardens. It was a hardy shrub, although people often grew it as a glasshouse, or window, specimen. The Hydrangea hortensis, pictured to the left, was a very common window decoration, and many…

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Hyacinth

Chief among the Victorian flower garden plants, the hyacinth was 'the best of domestic flowers' and a favourite display at floral exhibits. Victorian England imported many hyacinths from Holland, but they could be cultivated just as well at home. First,…

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The Honeysuckle

"Every plant has its place, just as every dog has its day, and the very place for this honeysuckle is the wall of a comfortable English cottage, where it appears more at home than anywhere else in the world, not…

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The Hollyhock

The hollyhock was introduced into Britain from China in the early eighteenth century, and reached the height of its popularity as a garden flower in the very early Victorian age. By the time that Hibberd wrote in the latter nineteenth…

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The Hawthorn

Then, as now, the hawthorn was a staple of Victorian hedgerows, while a double-flowering variety (pictured) was popular in Victorian gardens as a tree. The Glastonbury thorn was the most widely planted garden hawthorn by the late Victorian age. Information…

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The Guelder Rose

The Viburnum opulus (otherwise known as the snowball bush) were plentiful in Guelderland, which lay to the east of Amsterdam, where they made a striking showing every spring. It could be found in the wild in England as well, principally…

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Graceful Deutzia

Deutzia gracilis was a plant grown extensively for the flower markets of Victorian London. They were what Hibberd called "stolen plants" in that they tended to be grown between rows of other flowers, or in areas where nothing else would…

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The Gladiolus

The picture denotes a Gladiolus gandavensis, rather than one of the pretty cottage gladioli, which was originally raised in a Belgian garden. A somewhat tender plant, Hibberd nonetheless believed the gladiolus was "a beauty to be wooed in the pleasant…

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The Scarlet Geranium

Victorians loved their 'geraniums' - a very general name which people then, as now, also used to include pelargoniums. Hibberd carefully explained that Pelargoniums (or storkbills, which their seed pods resembled) mostly came from the Cape of Good Hope, while…

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