There was a time when gardens were just for growing flowers and vegetables, and this trend can still be seen in many gardens. But landscaping has been with us for many years, and in the days of the Roman Empire was very popular. The Roman writer Vitruvius wrote on many topics that still concern today’s landscapers, and there is plenty of evidence of Roman landscaped gardens with mosaics and water fountains. However, the art of landscaping was largely lost in the Middle Ages, and it wasn’t until the Renaissance era that it started to become popular again, and there are hundreds of examples of landscaped gardens that date back to that period.
The eighteenth century saw a new breed of landscapers come to the fore, landscaping extensive parklands around stately homes throughout Britain, many of which may still be enjoyed today. This was continued into the nineteenth century when urban planning gave a modern focus to landscaping. This blending of old and new gave rise to such locations as Central Park in New York and the sculptured gardens of Washington DC. Landscape architecture is widely practiced in the modern world, as can be seen from the many designs and plans for public spaces around the world. Television shows and the Internet have been responsible for a new interest in landscaping small gardens and spaces, and the subject is becoming more appreciated by a much wider audience than yesteryear. A landscaped garden can make a complete difference to the appearance of a home, changing it from a featureless entity to one of aesthetic beauty.