What would be characteristic features of Dutch garden, if not rich plantations with elegant and functional paths? Gardens in Dutch style derive from the assumptions of French gardens, but over the years the Dutch have developed their own method for an eye-pleasing, friendly and outstanding garden. What solutions have they used?
In most Dutch gardens the absolute must have are flowers. Their power to soothe and enliven the space has been recognized by the Dutch centuries ago and sill has not lost any of its relevance. The Netherlands is known primarily for bulbous plants, and because of that you can see gardens blooming with multicolored tulips, daffodils, hyacinths or characteristic white stork (irises) in almost all parts of this country. The Dutch even developed their own method of planting bulbous flowers - based on removing of few centimeters of the ground from the previously outlined area, soaking it with water and uniform planting of bulbs in groups divided into different species. With this solution, in the Spring a beautiful, multicolored flowerbed with flowers growing in a specific order appear before our eyes. But let’s be under no illusion that there is no room for coincidence in Dutch gardens. There absolutely is! Especially during shopping - when we come across little-known and eye-catching species of flowers. Dutch-style gardens are not limited to a single type, so, if we decide that exotic plants will look great in our garden, we should definitely find a place for them!
Garden divided into zones
Another indicator of this style in the garden are specially planned zones. Here, everything has its place and fulfills a specific function. Thus, we have an area reserved for flowers, for the owners of the garden - e.g. place for relaxation, but also for birds. Each such place is easy to reach thanks to well-outlined paths. What material will especially work on alleys? Stone, gravel, but without a doubt we can also use paving stone. Within the present offers of manufacturers we can find many products with textures resembling surfaces of natural building materials, e.g., wood, granite or travertine. They will allow not only drawing paths that fit in the surrounding, but also creating functional relaxing places, terraces or porches, which are easy to clean. An example of such modern products is the TOP series of Polbruk brand and its terrace slabs Polbruk Lira, Aura and Linea.
Let’s go back to the source
Dutch gardens derive from the French solutions - we already know this. It’s time to clarify from which ones in particular. It turns out that what we normally associate with Louis XIV gardens , may also make its way in the Dutch landscape. Evenly trimmed bushes and hedges (often acting as fences), ornamental fountains or marble bowls - all this creates the atmosphere of the garden, which, even if does not amaze with its size, surprises with the skillful combination of what is lofty, and even luxurious, with what is simple and classic. The more popular styles borrowed from other countries often lack these features.