Friday, May 27, 2011

Types of Gardens --- Part Two

The types of gardens I am talking about today are the more unusual types. Included in this list are types that are very difficult, environmentally challenging due to climate, maintenance time prohibitive or ones that most of us, just do not have the land availability to achieve the desired look. That description does not apply to all of the ones being talked about today, but they are definitely not your common everyday variety of gardening.

1.) Bog Garden ---

Is a natural or landscaped artificial bog, which is a soft waterlogged area of land. I am personally not a fan of bog gardens for the simple fact they attract mosquitoes. However I have seen some that have been absolutely gorgeous.

2.) Water garden ---

Aquatic plants planted in any container type of container that creates an artificial water environment. This can be anything from an ornamental tub, pond or pot.

3.) Marsh ---

Often it is a plot of land that forms a transition between land and water. It contains herbaceous vegetation and is normally land that is soft, wet and low –lying.

4.) Swamp ---

Generally has better drainage than a bog and contains more woody plants that a marsh. It is usually bottomland that floods seasonally.

5.) Soilless gardening ---

This type of gardening is better known as hydroponics, when plants are grown in a nutrient solution rather than growing them in soil. While this is not a type of gardening that I have personally done, I do know several people that do this type of gardening. It is a great alternative for someone with limited space.

6.) Topiary ---

Topiary is a very unique type of gardening that most do on a much smaller scale than in older times. You truly have to be an artist to have these not only turn out well, but to stay looking nice as they grow. Basically it is sculpting with live plants. Whether you are shaping vines, usually ivy, around a wire frame, or shearing hedges into shapes, like a bird, it is a unique type of gardening. Herbs do well as topiaries for shaping around wire frames and they make a nice useful living decoration for the kitchen. Herb topiaries are fun to make, I enjoy having several in herb topiaries in my kitchen.

7.) Conservatory ---

When I hear this term I think of the conservatories described in books of historical times. Essentially it is a permanent indoor garden. Can be a room for growing plants only, but usually it is set up as a display area for the growing plants. Sometimes it will also include for people to sit and enjoy sometime among the plants.

I would love to have a conservatory, keeps me dreaming and working…lol

8.) Dish Garden ---

These are fun to create and have around the house and so simple to do. They are a container planted with a variety of indoor plants, created to mimic a garden scene.

9.) Terrarium ---

An older term is bottle garden and Wardian case. Basically it is a transparent container with a tightly fitted glass cover, in which plants are grown in soil. I have attempted on several occasions to grow plants in a terrarium. The conclusion I have come to is it is an art form unto itself, which takes patience and practice. One day I will try again, for now though I am focusing on establishing my vegetable gardens.

10.) Moon garden ---

Is created with plants that have all white blooms with the intent to create a beautiful night garden, for summer enjoyment.

11.) Butterfly garden ---

Is a garden designed and planted in the hopes of attracting butterflies and there larvae.

12.) Themed Gardens ---

Are exactly what they sound like, you pick a theme and then choose plants that fit your theme. I am not talking about fruit, herb or vegetable garden. Color can be a theme, type of plants can be a theme, or the most popular known theme garden is the Shakespeare garden. The Shakespeare garden features flowers and plants mentioned in “William Shakespeare’s” plays and sonnets. Let your imagination roam.

13.) Hot house ---

A fancy name for a heated greenhouse, however it is usually also set up for touring and display.

14.) Rock garden ---

Created with alpine plants and rock, usually it is plants that are native to mountainous regions. However, I have created several over the years with succulents that have grown well and looked absolutely marvelous. My rule of thumb when gardening is go with your instinct rules were meant to be broken and I do it as often as I can, especially when gardening.

Ah if only time allowed and I had enough land space, I would have so many of these. My big project over the next couple of years is to transform my front lawn into either a rock garden or a natural landscape. Something that will look nice, require minimum watering, time and maintenance requirements. We shall see how that project develops.

Any big projects you are working on or want to work on? Doesn’t have to be garden related.

You also might be interested in reading Tips for a Successful Garden, Garden Terminology, Garden Tools Part One, Part Two and Part Three, Types of Gardens --- Part One, and Planting Styles.

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