Sunday, May 22, 2011

Types of Gardens --- Part One

The type of garden you choose to plant plays an important role in choosing your soil needs as well as your choice of plants available to grow. Most of the below list I have tried myself over the years , yet some I have only dreamed about doing, due to space limitations.

Practical applications of each one are going to differ depending on the size of space you have available. Don’t be afraid to try a style that appeals to you on a smaller scale. Gardening is as adaptable as one’s imagination allows it to be.

The following list includes 14 of the most common types of gardens:

1.) Bed

Can be a flower or vegetable bed, the distinctive character is that all four sides are visible, basically if you can walk around it is a true bed.

Though to be honest I refer to all of my beds that have distinct borders as beds even though you cannot walk all the way around them or see them from all sides. This is because when I learned terms as a child this is how they were referred to. And the one flower bed we had you could walk all the way around was referred to as an Island or Isolated bed.

2.) Carpet bedding ---

Is a type of mass planting of low growing mostly foliage plants. That when grown in represent the designs found in Oriental carpets, a style that isn’t seen or used much today. Yet, it was very popular in the Victorian era.

I have done this type of planting once. It was very pretty the first year, however I chose plants that were not conducive to being a long term option, so I had to take it out.

3.) Container gardening ---

Is exactly what it sounds like. Used by some for the occasional plant, however others whom lack space make up for it with an increased number of containers within which they garden.

In several of the places I have lived over the years dirt space was limited. The one apartment I lived in I had over 40 containers, between the small porch and my window space. Fresh vegetables, fresh herbs and pretty flowers, it was so worth it.

4.) Cottage garden ---

Is an informally planted flower garden, usually located in a front yard. The same style can be used for an herb garden by the kitchen door or a small plot of vegetables. Generally there is a front gate with a straight path to the door to the house.

5.) Cutting garden ---

This is a simple flower bed that is grown for the sole purpose of being able to harvest the cut flowers for display in the home, generally being displayed in some type of vase. Generally, you will find annuals and plants that bloom repeatedly throughout the year.

6.) Formal garden ---

A very rigid style of gardening that usually has geometric patterns with pruned hedges and very defined paths. This is not a style of gardening I have every tried, I personally like the more natural look. It also requires a rather large garden to pull this off and look right.

7.) Kitchen garden ---

Always located near the house with vegetables and herbs planted with the intent to use them in cooking, this type of garden can be any size. I have done successful kitchen gardens in the past planting everything in containers, however the term Kitchen Garden is specifically referring to a plot of land being planted.

8.) Knot garden ---

This is a type of formal garden bed with small compact herbs and shrubs, which is planted in intricate designs. They are usually intertwining patterns that are kept neat by frequent pruning.

9.) Meadow garden ---

Will include native wildflowers and grasses with the mixes of herbaceous perennial plants and maintained by simply mowing.

10.) Prairie gardening ---

A garden bed that is created and contains nothing but a selection of grasses from the Midwestern United States.

11.) Raised bed gardening ---

Is any bed that is built up higher than ground level.

12.) Square root gardening ---

An efficient and popular way of arranging plants in a vegetable garden. It keeps it simple and easy to maintain.

13.) Sunken garden ---

Generally the center part of a garden that has multiple levels to it, however it is always the lowest level of the garden.

14.) Window box ---

A planter box placed just beneath a window. While I love the look of them I haven’t lived in a place that allows for having a window box, though I love the look of them.

While you may find it odd to find we talk about the outdoors and gardening so much, it really isn’t. We enjoy spending time out of doors and derive such joy and inspiration from the time spent outdoors it seems natural to us to share that with others. Especially since the outdoors and especially our personal gardening spaces provide a great deal of inspiration for our jewelry designs.

Here is one of our designs inspired by nature:

Yellow Flower Lampwork on a Blue Bracelet
Yellow Flower Lampwork on a Blue Bracelet

Blue wire work bracelet
Blue wire work bracelet

Please share some of the things that inspire you?

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

Edited 5/23/11 to add missing links.

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