6 Types of Gardens That You Can Plan For

6 Types of Gardens That You Can Plan For

Article by Alicia McWilliams

There are many different types of gardens. So many that it might seem daunting to try and figure out which type of garden you want to plant. Let’s start with the most basic two types of gardens: Flower and Vegetable. Those are pretty self-explanatory right? Of course they are. Then it gets tricky. Here is a brief overview of some of the most popular types of gardens that you can choose, but remember that the only real limit to the type of the garden you can create is your own imagination.

1) English Country Garden

English Country gardens are very popular with people of European descent and fans of the English countryside. As the name suggests, English Country gardens are made up of plants and flowers that are typically found in an English countryside. The types and varieties of plants and flowers used vary depending on which part of the English countryside you are trying to recreate. English Country gardens very often incorporate wildflowers, rustic wood or stone benches, and water in the form of ponds or small gazing pools.

2) Victorian Garden

Victorian gardens are also very popular, particularly with older gardeners. Victorian gardens can incorporate many different types of plants and flowers but usually also will have stone statues or cherubs or gargoyles, lots of Victorian roses, colored and bejeweled gazing balls or fairy balls, and stone benches or footpaths.

3) Japanese Garden

Japanese gardens are becoming more and more popular although they can be difficult to recreate if you don’t have a lot of land for your garden. Traditionally, Japanese gardens have a small structure at the heart of the garden, either a home or a teahouse which looks out over the rest of the garden. Japanese gardens incorporate traditional elemental design that usually feature rocks, water in the form of a brook or a lake, a lantern somewhere in the garden, and a bridge or stepping stones.

4) French Garden

French gardens are always formal and are usually the type of gardens found at large houses, hotels, theatres, and other attractions. French gardens are laid out in precise geometrical and symmetrical patterns that follow a grid. Many French gardens have hedge mazes and topiaries, or plants and hedges cut to resemble animals, people, or shapes. French formal gardens were very popular landscape designs used frequently by the English nobility to dress up their country homes. It was not at all uncommon to see a precise and very ornate French garden in the middle of the English countryside.

5) Native Garden

The idea of a Native garden is a relatively new concept that is sweeping across the US and attracting a lot of new people to gardening. The idea behind a Native garden is to use only plants and flowers that are native to the region you live in. Conservationists say that planting native gardens will help the soil and provide refuge for local animals while sustaining the ecological balance of the area. Fans of the look of native gardens think that it makes the landscape look more natural.

6) Tropical Garden

Tropical gardens are popular because they are often full of exotic plants with gorgeous deep colors and lush foliage. Tropical gardens are stunning but are the most difficult type of garden to create because the delicate tropical plants only thrive in very specific conditions. Maintaining a Tropical garden is a bit like having a salt water fish tank – both are exploding with color, they are exotic and mysterious, and both require a lot of time, knowledge, and effort to keep alive.

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