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Your Garden Style it Your way

Updated on July 3, 2014


Got an early start on this year's community plot.
Got an early start on this year's community plot. | Source

Do it your way

Anyone, who wants to, can garden. The plot may be as small as single container with a cherry tomato and some basil on a table top, for example, or vast; that depends upon your resources (time, money, land) and your interest.

There is no shortage of gardening books, websites and gurus, who can tell you all that you need to know to become a gardener, just ask me.

The secret to a thriving garden is to keep it natural and put the right plant in the right place. However, this hub is not about the how-tos of gardening and gardening design; it is all about style.

When it comes to gardening style there are, for example, formal gardens, Japanese gardens and English Country gardens, among many others.

When I think about style, I think about uniqueness; creating something, whether it is a wardrobe, a living room or a garden that reflects who you are.

Style is not copied form the pages of a fashion magazine or TV show, it comes from having a sense of who you are and what your place in the world is; a realization that you are unique; there may others who resemble you have the same bloodlines and the same likes and dislikes that you do, but there is only one you.

Style is both timeless and adaptable. So is a garden.

The English Cottage Garden with cosmos, hollyhocks and herbs, among others, is one of my favourite garden designs, but if I was to create one, for myself, I look for the plants that reflect me. I wear mostly black so the black hollyhock is a must. Other dark colours would be essential. Naturally you can not show off the black properly if you do not have white, roses, for example to contrast.

How do you define your gardening style? Well the first step is to determine how much time you have to garden. Then how much space are you going to devote to your garden? The third question is backyard, balcony, container or not? Now what do you like to grow; herbs, flowers, vegetables? Which ones?

When you have the answers to these questions, ask yourself which plants you like and what are your favourite colours? The garden industry has grown significantly over the years and the colours and hues are wide and varied.

Are you looking to create a backyard room a space outdoors that reflects your living room, for example? Or are you looking for a bit of the wild right near home?

This is the time to be you and to not worry about what anyone else will think or what the rules are. Let your creativity roam free.

You do not have to plant your flowers, herbs or vegetables in a square or rectangle you can sue a circle an oval or go kidney shaped, for that matter, just as long as the style reflects your likes and your style.

Some rules, such as tall plants at the back or in the centre wills till apply, but this is your garden style it your way.

The Rock Garden Japanese Style


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  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    10 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks, your growing conditions are very different than mine where the temperature is minus 11 C and the snow is thick upon the ground.

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    10 years ago

    Keeping it natural are the keywords.But in tropical regions it is so difficult to keep a terrace garden.The summer it already here in India.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    10 years ago from New Brunswick

    thanks, we had more snow last night so spring seems far away.

  • ponnu profile image


    10 years ago from Mumbai

    nice hub

  • moonlake profile image


    10 years ago from America

    Thanks for visiting my Hub. We enjoy gardening if this awful weather would ever stop and spring would come.


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