Posted: 25/02/2013 at 15:12
I think that is a really good idea. Many people are familiar with the idea of restoring the interior of a house. But restoring a garden is less common.
People are often at a loss to know what to do with a front garden. Period restoration is a sensible answer.
I don't know the actual answer to your question, but books such as the one just below may provide some useful information and original photos. I don't know whether the book says much about front gardens..
It's available from Amazon for just a couple of pounds (click the Amazon link on that page).
My own house, which dates from just before that period, had dahlias, and climbing roses over a trellis, in the front garden. But that's in a rural location.