Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's backyard is about to get a whole lot greener. Take a look at some of the lessons we can glean from the Kensington Palace Gardens.

By Nicole Bradley

With a baby on the way and a move to Kensington Palace in the near future, it’s a busy time for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The royal newlywed couple has been living in Nottingham Cottage on palace grounds (where Harry proposed), but they're planning to move into Kensington Palace once renovations are over—just in time for the baby's arrival.

Beside Kensington Palace are the Palace Gardens, spanning 265 acres. These gardens are some of the most swoon-worthy in the world, mixing both old and new garden elements. Whether you're an urban apartment dweller or have an acre lot as your canvas, everyone can learn a thing or two from the Royal Family about gardening.

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| Credit: The impressive Sunken Garden and Kensington Palace in London.

Symmetry is Anything But Boring

Gardeners are slowly transitioning toward wabi-sabi, or "imperfect" garden design. But a balanced garden is still as charming. Some of the most beautiful and natural things in the world are symmetrical (like pinecones!). An equally weighted garden design also makes a space feel bigger and more elegant. Pick focal point in your garden, like a large tree or pond, to work around.

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| Credit: View of the Italian Garden in Kensington Gardens, London.

Container Gardens Make a Statement

Use spillers, thrillers, and fillers to (literally) elevate your garden. Container gardens are a creative gateway to self-expression in an otherwise green space. This Italian-style container garden creates perfect balance in a round garden bed—those colors are breathtaking!

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| Credit: Walkway covered by green leaves in Kensington park, London

Arbors Are Timeless

This stunning arch in the Palace Gardens is made of red-twigged lime trees. The dark foliage surrounding the arch makes a beautiful green tunnel with sunlight dappling in through the leaves. If you live in an urban setting, a Tilia platphyllos arch may be for you—these trees tolerate city air well.

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It’s Okay to Ditch Your Comfort Zone

A palm tree seems anything but ordinary in the middle of an English palace's garden, but this one proves that tropical plants aren’t just for the tropics. If you’re interested in palms but don’t think they’ll thrive in your climate, try windmill or needle palm; both tolerate up to negative 20 degrees F.

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| Credit: Kensington palace garden in London

Color is Your Friend

Neutral is versatile, but it isn’t for everyone. A garden is really about color, and color can come from numerous elements: flowers, foliage, garden ornaments, fencing, and containers are just a few ideas. The lavender, penstemon, dahlia, and spurge in the Palace Gardens create a vibrant contrast to the green parterres.


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