How to create a Regency-inspired garden – landscape designers reveal 5 ways to get the Bridgerton look

As season 3 of Bridgerton hits our screens later this month, we speak to garden design experts on what it takes to turn a yard into an elegant, period-style garden

Exterior view of a 17th century country house from a garden with flower beds, shrubs and trees
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Inspired by the romantic planting schemes and lavish landscapes depicted in Netflix’s hit series Bridgerton, designers predict home gardeners will look to embrace elegant Regencycore planting as part of their backyard ideas this summer as the series returns to our screens in May. 

When it comes to defining characteristics of Regencycore gardens, trailing wisteria is sure to be front of mind. The abundance of this opulent vine - its unmistakable amethyst flowers cascading dramatically across the front of Lady Bridgerton’s London mansion - is a frequent sight in the show. 

‘Regency design is all about drama,’ says Stacilyn Feldman, a Principal at Oehme, van Sweden landscape architects in Washington, DC. ‘It’s about being bold and doing something unexpected in the garden. It should sweep you off your feet and make you feel a little woozy with wonder -  just like the suitors in Bridgerton. The garden should spark curiosity and introduce mystery with twist and turns, tantalizing fragrances and surprising reasons to idle a little longer.’

Bridgerton house on Netflix with wisteria and climbing roses

The Bridgerton house from Netflix

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5 ways to embrace the Regencycore gardens trend

Intricate climbing vines is certainly one feature that represents this period. But what other plants and garden features define this era of decadence and opulence? And how can we go about recreating this look in our own backyards? We spoke to landscape designers and professional gardeners to find out.

1.  Incorporate lavish climbing plants 

Wisteria in bloom covering a townhouse with a pink door

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Wisteria isn’t the only elegant climbing plant that exudes romance and luxury. Consider planting climbing or rambling roses, clematis, honeysuckle and ivy, too. You can train these plants to grow and spread naturally over a trellis or pergola by regularly securing the vines with plant ties, such as these reusable ones from Amazon.

‘The defining essence of a Regency garden lies in its enchanting fusion of Georgian romanticism with extravagant layers of resplendent trees, shrubs, and climbing flowers,’ says Brian Sawyer of Sawyer Berson. ‘In productions such as Bridgerton, the set design transports us to this lavish era, draping buildings with cascades of wisteria and roses, seamlessly merging the garden with the house, a departure from the confinements of 18th-century walls.’

Climbing plants can certainly add a sense of wonder to a garden. ‘They defy gravity and tease our minds as they swoop overhead,’ agrees Stacilyn Feldman. ‘They can be finicky though, and we recommend planting them in a pair or trio to space out bloom times and maximize coverage. A favorite combination of mine is Akebia quinata, Clematis ‘Jackmanii’ and Bignonia capreolata. You get color, leaf texture and drama when all they intertwine.

As is the case with growing shrubs and trees in the backyard, patience is needed, explains Thomas Rutter, former professional gardener and content editor at Homes & Gardens. ‘While a wisteria planted today may take several years to achieve the desired look, foliage cover and floral impact will increase year on year. 

‘Wisteria is a vigorous climber and so regular pruning is vital to maintain the desired shape, also ensuring that the overall size is kept in check,’ he adds. ‘Wisteria pruning typically takes place twice each year, once in winter and again in late summer. While some maintenance is required, the romantic scent of wisteria blooms makes it worth the effort. After several years, your wisteria will look good even in the winter months, with the old wood appearing web-like adorning walls and structures.’ 

2.  Add a garden structure or a folly 

Beautiful cottage garden adorned with pink and purple flowers, with a bench and metal pergola

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Garden structures such as gazebos, arches, arbors and pergolas are another hallmark of Regency design, but traditionally these kinds of structures were often known as garden follies. 

‘They are a tease of a place,’ explains Stacilyn Feldman. ‘You see them in the distance and have a desire to go there, but really it’s not a building you can use for much aside from afternoon tea, somewhere to rest, or a hideaway for a moment alone… or not alone! We like to use garden structures to add intimate spaces and immediate character to a garden.’ 

To recreate a whimsical feel, you can adorn your pergola with some of the flowering climbing plants mentioned above, such as wisteria, clematis, or passionflower.

3. Create a romantic walkway

A walkway flanked by tall, feathery grasses and purple verbena

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Many scenes of the promenading bachelors in Bridgerton are filmed in the well-groomed gardens of Britain's grand country estates, paved with clear paths so that courting couples can promenade without messing up their petticoats.

To get a similar experience in your own garden, choose a path idea that helps create atmosphere and leads the eye through the planting. This will encourage you to linger on other focal points such as fountains, topiary or brightly-bedecked flower beds. 

Stacilyn Feldman
Stacilyn Feldman

Stacilyn Feldman is a Principal at Oehme, van Sweden in Washington, DC. She has designed, managed, and shepherded over a decade’s worth of the firm’s landmark projects including green roofs, urban development, botanic gardens, and residential estates. Stacilyn holds a Bachelors of Landscape Architecture from The Pennsylvania State University.

Brian Sawyer of Sawyer Berson
Brian Sawyer

Brian Sawyer is co-founder of Sawyer Berson. Throughout his career, he has pursued architectural design, landscape architecture and interior design as complementary endeavors. Originally from Indiana, Brian attended Wabash College, where he studied music and biology and earned his Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Virginia.

thomas rutter content editor at Homes & Gardens
Thom Rutter

Thomas is a Content Editor within the Gardens Team at Homes and Gardens. He has been working as a gardener and garden writer for several years. Whilst completing his Horticultural Traineeship at the Garden Museum, London, he was able to gain experience at many of the UK's world-famous gardens, including Sissinghurst, Lowther Castle, and Iford Manor. Following this, he worked for two private estates in Tuscany, Italy.

4. Add elegant ornaments for an air of sophistication 

A beautiful ornate two-tiered water feature - fountain with tropical planting

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If there’s one thing every Bridgerton-style garden needs, it’s a dramatic fountain. Garden fountain ideas are a Regencycore staple.

Many Regencycore fountains and statues depict mythological creatures and act as garden focal points, with symmetrical landscaping on either side. You could also include decorative ornaments, such as bird baths, sun dials and wind chimes.

5. Choose a romantic color scheme for your plants  

mass of pink, purple and cream tulips

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Purple, blue, white and pink tones are seen regularly throughout Bridgerton, as these soft, romantic shades are often associated with the key themes of love and passion. 

Tulips were also thought of as the height of luxury in the 1800s, so a simple way to mimic the exuberance and whimsy of the Regency era would be to plant en masse a bed of these spring bulb flowers in pink and purple tones. 

‘I think of dreamy colors and fluffy cloud-like plants such as artemesia, hydrangea, peonies, hostas and heuchera,’ says Stacilyn Feldman. ‘At the American Museum & Gardens in Bath, UK, we paired nymph-like gaura with ethereal verbena for a dramatic wind-swept combination.’

Get the Regency-inspired look

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Rachel Bull
Head of Gardens

Rachel is a gardening writer, flower grower and floral designer. Her journalism career began on Country Living magazine, sparking a love of container gardening and wild planting. After more than a decade writing for and editing a range of consumer, business and special interest titles, Rachel became editor of floral art magazine The Flower Arranger. She then trained and worked as a floral designer and stylist in London for six years, before moving to York and joining the Homes & Gardens team. Her love of gardening has endured throughout, and she now grows an abundance of vegetables and flowers on her rambling Yorkshire plot. 

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