It’s the season of greenfingers, the time of the year when many of us are interested in sprucing up the exterior of our properties with colour and life. For beginners in horticulture and landscaping, fear not; creating a garden space is easier than it may seem to be, all you need is a child’s curiosity and maybe a few bucks for supplies.
Types of gardens:
Contrary to popular belief, there are many varieties of gardens. The varieties are not specific, because gardens are what we make them to be. Here are some of the types of garden types that I am very fond of.
- Display Gardens – These are the most common types of gardens. It’s popularity is because of their sheer simplicity and elegance, the gardener decides what varieties that he/she will add to the green space. It’s popularity also comes from the wide variety of plant selections available.
- Edible (Vegetable/Fruit/Herb) Gardens – Although not the most likely choice for the average gardener, it is still one of the most popular types available. Who doesn’t love growing their own food? I know I thoroughly enjoy doing it. There is nothing more rewarding than growing your own food. Knowing where your produce was grown and how it was grown makes it taste that much better and can also be a huge money saver during the growing seasons, which is also a reward in and off itself.
Here’s a cool illustration on what you would need to live off of the land, for those tempted to create a sustainable lifestyle in rural areas.
- Rock Gardens – This variety is a very unique type of garden, mainly because it ignores the traditional notion of what a garden is supposed to look like or have within it. It has been traditionally used in Asian countries, such as Japan and China, but in modern years has becoming increasingly popular in Thailand.
- Technical Gardens – These types of gardens aren’t specific in nature, as they are what the gardener wishes it to be. It could be a mixture of all the above gardens, or it could be a method of gardening that is new and innovative. Technical gardens tend to use more modern techniques and incorporate various objects, implements and designs to create the ideal green space.
Whatever garden types is your preference, one thing that is required to create your garden is creativity. Having an open mind and learning from other people’s designs and preferences can help you figure out what you like and don’t like.
Plant choices available:
The variety of plants that can be added to a garden space is staggering. With many different plant species and many different breeds within those species, there is no end to the wide variety you have available to you. For me, I have specific taste for certain plants. My philosophy is if you like how a plant looks and it doesn’t physically affect your health or those around you in a negative way, then by all means use that plant in your garden. Gardening is about having fun and choosing some you like, or maybe you can go on the wild side and choose plants that you wouldn’t necessarily choose at a first glance.
Designs and implements available:Choosing the right design and implements are essential to effectively using all the available space, as well trying to make it very inviting and eye-pleasing.
- The Good ‘Ole Box Garden – Nothing is more simple than a box garden. Dig a shallow bed, nail together the wooden garden frame, place it in the garden bed, fill with dirt and begin planting.
Using trellises – Although not commonly used by the average gardener, these are very useful and essential to plants that vine. Tomatoes, grapes, peas, ivy, cucumber, calabash, morning glory; whatever vine plant you choose, a trellis will be able to display its grandeur to everyone. Trellises help vine plants grow up instead of outwards, which can be a great space saver if you have limited room for planting. It also can make harvesting crops much easier, as you won’t need to bend as much, which is great for elderly gardeners.
There are many more methods out there that are available. Those looking for something more complex, I will be posting more advanced gardening techniques in the near future. You can also check your library for any horticulture literature, or if you haven’t a library in your area, a simple internet search can do wonders. When gardening, it’s better to start at the bottom, so pick up a trowel, some garden gloves, some nice-looking plants and get digging!
As we come to the end of this post, I’d like to leave a parting quote by Ruth Stout. I hope it will give you some form of inspiration or motivation to create your garden.
I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden.