50s and 60s

50s and 60s garden design

The 50s and 60s saw a major change of attitude towards the garden. From a Dig for Victory mentality to a swinging party place to relax, grow flowers and host cocktail parties.

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PAUL HERVEY-BROOKES 50s and 60s garden style and trends explained by award winning designer Paul Hervey-Brookes. 

Grow vegetables in classic rows to hark back to a simpler time. The 50s garden was a hive of practicality, so be inspired to use stylis hand simple edgings to create definition around vegetable and planting beds. The 50s was about straight lines. Create a statement by bringing a crisp path to your door. Classic styling such as a bold central colour with edging strips will give the feel.

The 60s really were swinging, so create the look with conifers and evergreen planting. In the 60s the curve took off, so create sweeping curvaceous terraces and winding paths. Use contemporary, modern paving for a look straight out of A Clockwork Orange! Bold colours and seasonal displays were bigin the 60s. Add a little Avengers chic to your terrace by adding billowing hanging baskets and striped cushions on outdoor furniture.

Lastly, go the whole hog and recreate an icon. Crazy paving was hugely popular in the 60s so bring this decorative feature to life by creating crazy paved platforms in front of French doors or entrances to add a layer of decorative sophistication.

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