Themed Garden Overview - By Garden Delights Nursery
Landscaping and gardening are excellent ways to spend time outdoors, communing with nature and making your living space attractive. It’s also an opportunity to release your creative potential and showcase your talents for other people to enjoy. One way you can do this is by turning your landscape into something special with a themed landscape. Many themed landscapes have great historical significance. The possibilities for such a landscape are endless and can be a rewarding experience.
History of Themed Gardens
Themed gardens and landscapes are nothing new. Landscapes and gardens go back to ancient times and often had themes, particularly in the Japanese culture where gardening and landscape was held in high esteem. Japanese gardens can be found in two primary forms. The first is a traditional garden that made use of abstraction for the purpose of creating a highly stylized presentation. The second is a rock garden, also known as a Zen garden, used primarily for meditative purposes. The Japanese garden began life based on Chinese gardens and landscapes, but by the time of the Edo period (1603 – 1868) Japanese gardens had their own distinct personalities an aesthetics based upon Japanese culture.
Rock gardens existed in North America before 1960, but it was during the 1960s that the art of the rock garden began to really take hold. While Chinese and Japanese rock gardens placed emphasis on the rock formations, North American rock gardens made heavy use of what are called Alpine plants, meaning plants that grow in the Alps or other mountain areas. There is wide variety to choose from, some of which include Alpine asters, blue clematis, bear grass, and the avalanche lily. These plants, along with other combinations, became the focal point for aesthetics in North American rock gardens.
A cottage garden is another theme that some gardeners find appealing. A cottage garden is typically quaint and inviting. It’s the perfect place to spend time on a warm day, slightly breeze. Cottage gardens came about gradually over the last half millennium when British peasants began planting gardens around their cottages. These were hard-working people who had little time to spend gardening and needed their gardens to be as functional and accessible as possible. These gardens were composed primarily of fruit trees, vegetables, and herb plants with various flowers thrown in for aesthetics. The emphasis was more on function than beauty. Near the end of the eighteenth century the cottage garden became popular and the emphasis shifted from functionality to aesthetics as colorful flowers took more of a center stage.
Fragrance gardens have been around in varying forms for centuries. Fragrance gardens are visually appealing and renowned for their strong, relaxing scents, offering an ideal spot for aromatherapy getaways. Some of the flowering plants and trees suitable for this type of garden include ginger lilies, lilacs, magnolias, and gardenias.
Moon gardens feature plants that bloom at night and reflect beautifully under the light of the moon, thus its name. These plants include moon flowers, night gladiolus, evening stock, and four o’ clocks. Moon gardens are relaxing and a great way to enjoy a warm, breezy evening.
Deciding on a Theme
Decide where you want to take your garden plan accordingly. You don’t have to stay with a historical approach when creating your own garden and landscape. Consider using one or more of these garden types as a reference for designing your own garden. Maybe you want to design a garden that draws more from a regional or cultural point of reference. You may just want to start from the ground up and create something you’ve never seen before. There are no hard and fast rules about landscape design. Let your imagination run wild and create something that will be a pleasure to look at for years to come.
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