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5 Ways to Design Your Garden Like The Royals

5 Ways to Design Your Garden Like The Royals

The royals are known for their resplendent gardens. From Buckingham Palace to Sandringham Estate, they include beautiful plane trees named after Queen Victoria, relaxing pools of water, buzzing beehives and sweeping lawns perfect for lazy picnics.

To celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, Crown Pavilions has revealed the five secrets to giving your garden a royal makeover in time for summer — and there's something for everyone to steal.

"While most of us will never step foot on the grounds of Buckingham Palace, Balmoral Castle or Highgrove House, there's no reason we can't take inspiration from these stunning gardens to create our own pristine outdoor spaces," the team say.

Take a look at their advice below...

1. Grow the Queen's favourite flower

Lily of the Valley, the Queen's favourite flower, is a permanent feature of the floral displays at Buckingham Palace. Providing a sweetly scented fragrance during the summer months, it was used on theQueen's Coronation Bouquet and even as a bridal favourite in both Queen Victoria and Kate Middleton's wedding bouquet.

Planning on growing it in your garden? "Lily of the Valley struggles to grow in the colder months, so it's best to plant them during the spring, around March," Crown Pavilions say. "These flowers also thrive in the shade but can do well in the sun, providing they have sufficient water, so make sure to position them well."

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2. Choose a pavilion

Providing shelter and bringing life to your garden, pavilions are the ultimate outdoor luxury focal point. Loved by royals, pavilions have been used throughout history to host parties and entertain esteemed guests. In fact, the Queen serves 27,000 cups of tea at each of her garden parties to approximately 8,000 guests.

Not every garden is blessed with enough space for a pavilion, but there are lots of different sizes to host a variety of requirements. "Adding a pavilion can provide a more modern feel or maintain a traditional theme, making it the perfect place to unwind, host guests, and have your very own garden party," add Crown Pavilion.

3. Water features

Water features provide soothing sights and sounds. As simple as a small reflective pool of water, we're not surprised outdoor spaces such as Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens are littered with them.

If you're looking to add one to your garden, some of the water features to consider include solar fountains (a more eco-friendly addition) and floating water fountains — a beautiful way to recreate the fountains featured in the Serpentine. You'll have a royal-approved space in no time...

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4. Topiary

"Topiary refers to 'the art or practice of clipping shrubs or trees into ornamental shapes.' As an extremely versatile gardening technique, topiary allows you to design your garden in a variety of ways and create your own piece of living architecture," say Crown Pavilion.

5 Ways to Design Your Garden Like The Royals

"To incorporate this whimsical display in your own garden, first choose plants with finely textured, small leaves, such as berberis, hebe, yew and lavender. From there, take inspiration from gardens you've seen, deciding on what design would best suit your own outdoor space. To make your life easier, consider hiring an expert gardener to make your vision come to life."

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5. Grow delphiniums

Delphinium is a perennial with many fans. Famed for its rich royal colours, this beautiful bloom has been grown in the UK for centuries — and is loved by the Prince of Wales. If you're looking to grow your own, plant your delphiniums in a spot with heavy sunlight that is shielded from the wind (they are tall and may topple over).

Crown Pavilion add: "Fortunately, these flowers can be planted at any time of year, but spring or autumn is best as the soil will be warm and moist."

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Platinum Jubilee souvenirs and gifts to celebrate the Queen

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This historic jubilee makes a great excuse to add another Emma Bridgewater mug to your collection! This one features our national anthem in EB's signature script on a proud red background.

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Harrods has released its own commemorative mug, too. This fine bone china option features the dates of the Queen's reign in shining gold and finished with the royal crests.

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Particularly dedicated royalists will be pleased with this lovely handmade cushion cover; it's thoroughly celebratory without being garish. It'd fit right in with a country cottage scheme while adding a cheerful flash of colour.

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This design is also available as a tea towel, if you prefer – in a good range of colours.

Queen Elizabeth Platinum Jubilee PlateQueen Elizabeth£12.00SHOP NOW

This makes a fun memento – use it to display your scones or sandwiches for your Jubilee garden party over the bank holiday weekend, then display it on the wall or your cabinet after the festivities are done.

Platinum Jubilee Bunting£24.00SHOP NOW

Hang this suitably British bunting around your garden fence, conservatory or the front of your property to show your appreciation for our longest-reigning monarch. It comes in either two or five metre lengths, or you can ask for your specific requirements.

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Made from gold-plated pewter and studded with glittering crystals, this ornate decoration is exclusive to the Historic Royal Palaces shop. Keep it proudly on display in a cabinet, or you could even use the hanging loop to turn it into a Christmas tree ornament, if you like.

Rice Paper Cake Toppers£3.50SHOP NOW

No garden party is complete without cake. These rice paper toppers will ensure your offerings are less Victoria sponge and more Elizabeth II – much more appropriate, in this instance!

Queen's Platinum Jubilee MugCheviot Ceramics£16.50SHOP NOW

A subtle design finished with traditional royal purple crowns; these are lovingly hand-painted to order, so you know you're getting something thoughtful to commemorate this special occasion.

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Okay, this charger plate is expensive, but it is handmade from fine bone china and finished with burnished 22-carat gold detailing, so it is a really exquisite piece. Plus, we're sure you agree that a Platinum jubilee party deserves something extra special to celebrate properly. Put this plate pride of place on your table to show off your afternoon tea spread for your do.

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With its ornate crown, orb and sceptre design, this lovely Emma Bridgewater design will pay homage to our queen while brightening up your kitchen (and helping with the washing up!).

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Traditional tones in white, blue and red here for this tea towel – and there's some matching bunting available, too.

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More tea towels here – choose your favourite design, or collect all three!

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To match the charger plate above, this charming teapot will finish off your royal scheme perfectly. We just love the little crown on the lid.

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