I saw this mentioned on another forum (can't remember where) and thought i'd bring the discussion here.
How many of you garden by a theme? do you garden by a certain color theme, by genre like 'fairy' garden, 'tropical' garden, or my favorite... 'Gothic' garden. or perhaps you garden by size.. like Shrub garden or Ground covers?
lets talk about them, why you garden this way or what ideas you have.. no matter how impossible they may seem, this is a great way to spark the creativity and share ideas!
perhaps you've always wanted a 'japanese' garden, or an 'Egyptian' inspired theme? Garden fantasies are wonderful... so tell me, if money werent an obstacle.. how would YOUR garden grow?
I have always wanted to garden by color but I don't know what happens. I see a black spot of soil and I have to fill it with.
My plan was to do sections of different color combinations. I would love to do a blue, yellow and white garden, then the next section might be red white and blue. Does that sound weird? One more thing I would love to do is dwarf conifers, with heaths and heathers.
know whats weird.. is I have always wondered what a 'spectrum' bed would really look like...
take one long rectangular flower bed.. start at one end and begin with red... groundcover, medium plant, tall plant with red flowers... then go down the spectrum... so that the entire bed resembles a prism... red, orange yellow, green, blue, violet... i think that would be awesome.
I always do a splish splash theme. I think those are the most beautiful of all .The only one that isn't like that is my hosta bed and it will most likely be changed next year. I love the mixture of all colors.
I like theme gardens best I think. When I lived in FL I had the whole back acre planted in different types of gingers. I think I had about 20 cultivars. It was partially shady and I put beds of gingers under each clump of oaks and then added orchids in all the branches. I think it was my favorite area. It had beautiful color and wonderful fragrance all summer.
Oh BrightStar. I just read about a place that had did that. I believe it was from Hostas Direct. It was about a man and woman that set out miniture train and then build their flower gardens around it. It showed pictures and all. Was so neat. The hostas looked like trees and they even had homes ,stores and all. Just a regular minture town so to speak.
Here is just a piece of the article I was talking about and the names of the people
Mini Hosta Gardens
Marcia Fluer, former Twin Cities reporter/anchor and University executive and her actor husband, Phil Ross, have turned their backyard into a railroad garden. It features dozens of miniature hostas, alpine plants and hand-crafted village houses, businesses and townspeople. They call it the "Big Buck and Chipmunk Short Line Railroad" and say it's a "Golden Valley wonder." Thanks Marcia and Phil for the fun visit that Laura, Joe and I had and also for allowing us to share your creation on our website! Very, very cool and original!
I use to have a heart shaped bed that I did in candy named plants. Got rid of it beacuse it was a pain to mow around but now I think I'll do a heart inside of another bed and do it in "chocolate" flowers...chocolate scented,chocolate colored,chocolate or some type of candy in the name.
I drove passed a little rural church up the road the other day and started speculating on what kind of plants you could use in a christian theme...all I could come up with was:dogwood,passion flower and crown of thorns.
The problem I find with plant-specific themes (iris, daylilies, etc) is that its boring when not in bloom.
I have a "Gnome" garden around a tree stump with a miniature door attached to make a Gnome Home. the path leading from his door to the rest of the garden is newly lined with mini hostas & other small plants. I'll post pics when I get home.
I also am working on a "fragrant" theme, and might make a garden of just that.
there's also a theme of "edible ornaments" through my gardens, including berries, herbs, and edible flowers.
Finally, I'm puting in a patriotic garden in honor of my father, who was a veteran of the US army.
At some point, I'd love to do a "weird" garden of funny-looking & unusual plants.
There are alot of plants with varieties that flower in different seasons, ie; spring, summer, mid summer, late summer and fall. a bed with these types of plants.. say daylilies would visually interesting if planted with bulbs that flower at intervals.
Some time ago, I saw an article and photo of a walking garden that I think was in another country and supposedly as you walked around the garden path you wouldn't see the same thing twice. I think the article said if you walked around the garden once or twice you would have covered a mile. Wish I had saved that link because the more I think of it, the more I want to do something like that. I tried to do a Google search, but couldn't find the article. I'm sure I got there through a link here in Dave's Garden, but I have scoured this site looking for it again, but no luck. By chance, does anyone know what I'm referring to?
Anyway, a walking garden would be my choice for a theme.
I've always wanted to do a spectrum garden too. I'm such a fan of loads of color, and dramatic contrasts, I've had a tough time implementing such a plan, but love pics I've seen of monochromatic plantings. My plan is a circular garden surrounding our fire pit, with a yellow section, bleeding into an orange area, to red, purple, blue, green, and white. That way I don't have to decide which color to use, LOL.
Also have always been a fan of the idea of a Moon Garden, and decided to make it what I call my Sky Garden- all in blue, white, and yellow, sky, clouds, and sun colors. It's one of my favorite color combinations, and this year has really started coming into its own. Now the Daturas, Moon vines, Cosmos, and African Foxgloves (all white) are blooming profusely, and the night time show (and smell) is wonderful! I'd really like to get some white 4 O'clocks going in there too.
A member in the Lily forum is doing a naughty garden, with Lilies with names like 'Mistress' and 'Shocking'
I also have a memory garden in honor of my friend, Janice, who lived in this house (and died here) before we moved in. Her signature colors were purples, blues, and mauves, and she loved silver. She was a huge fan of fragrant flowers, especially roses and Oriental Lilies, and had a great love of herbs. She had started a garden at the entrance with Lavender and some Lilies and Hyacinths, so I've just expanded upon what she started.
Thanks for checking, but no the Trentham Leisure Gardens isn't the one I saw. It was much smaller and kind of a figure 8 walking path. Gosh, this driving me crazy! I appreciate you searching for it.
Eureka! I found the diagram I made of what the walking path looks like. The pathway is modeled after the one I saw on the website, only it's not to scale because I don't really know how to do that. I do know that I want the paths to be at least 4' wide to accommodate 2 ppl walking side by side. I don't even know if all the plants I have listed on the diagram will even fit. It's just a dream, but I want to start somewhere.