The Victorians were very fond of landscaping their gardens. Look at any of the parks and old terraces around Dublin and you can find the remnants of Victorian garden designs. It was a splendid period for garden designing. A lot of attention went on decorating gardens with stone and paving paths. It was a place for the ladies and gents of the house to have afternoon tea during the summer months.
One flower that was popular in Victorian times was the Calceolaria or Slipper Flower. Although not popular today among landscape architects it was once a popular bedding plant in Victorian times. They are a very colorful flower and provide colourful display when planted in tubs, window boxes and flower beds. Any decent garden soil will do for this plant. The flowering period goes from June to October.