page features scenes of flower gardens, a popular poster theme for home
decoration. These images are the perfect wall accessory for a
sunroom, breezeway, screened porch or breakfast nook.
dates back to ancient times, decorative flower gardens like those
featured in the above posters became popular in the 19th
century, surrounding cottages and modest homes in addition to palaces
and luxurious buildings. More importantly, gardening style had
evolved from manicured greenery and geometric pathways to a more relaxed
design – featuring a color palette painted with flowers. The cottage
garden, with a loose, country style, was one of the most popular
flower garden types. It was seen in rural England, France and other
parts of Europe before catching on in the Americas. Cottage gardens,
still common around today’s homes, maximize small spaces by densely
planting flowers, herbs and other practical plants. Common flower types
include hardy perennials and shrubs, such as geraniums, roses,
delphiniums and hollyhocks. Other common flower garden styles
include the more manicured Baroque and the more natural Landscape and
Arts&Crafts floral gardens.
their colorful, scenic nature, flower gardens often inspired paintings,
particularly during the impressionist era. Most famous, of course, is
Monet’s elaborate garden at Giverney – you can find many of his
floral scenes in our poster collection.
are interested in individual flower types, definitely check out the
floral gallery in our
botanical section. It really serves as a flower identification
guide – you can click on any of the flower types in the left hand column
of that page to view a variety of close-up paintings and prints.
We also have resources on our flower links