The importance of proper historic gardens restoration has been increased in the last few decades. To face an intervention in a historical site requires look at it as a crime scene, it means to touch and change things as less as possible, be loyal to the age on wich the garden were built and use new materials in contrast to the original ones when necessary.
In Jardín Francés (French style garden) de Ferrera -Avilés, northern Spain-, a main garden linked to a nobility palace, we just tidyed up the site, removed the grass on paths to define parterres silhouettes, draw again and put ellipses on scale and restore box topiaries. A lovely task we executed following the principles exposed before.
Unfortunatelly we couldn't convince Municipality managers to provide adecuate colour schemes for flower bedding in orther to achieve the true historical effect for this garden.