I am originally from Mississippi, so...The garden of my dreams would be a beautiful Southern garden, with a formal parterre (spelling?) garden and an informal cottagey area as well. Traditional plants like Azaleas, Crepe Myrtles, and Magnolia trees would be mixed in with tropical accents like Banana plants, Elephant ears, and palms. A hard feat to accomplish here in Missouri, but I'm getting there!
I voted none of the above also because I want it to be a combination of many styles. I want to have outdoor rooms with the gardens attached as well as different greenhouses situated nearby. Rose and strawberry garden is one of my ideas.
Tina, are you thinking of planting strawberries at the foot of your roses? I've got some berries I need to move and was giving that some thought as well. I find roses to be a not very attractive bush (until they bloom and then all is forgiven). I've relegated them to a sunny fence line where they get good air circulation, hoping this will minimize all their various 'issues,' or they can just share them with one another I guess. It's kind of off by itself and I need a ground cover of some sort so I don't have so much to weed.
A warm (not hot) tropical garden on the ocean with a large colonial house & big porch with expansive planting beds surrounding the house. Sections of the acreage devoted to groups of plants: Heliconias & Gingers, Fruit, Palms & Cycads, Orchids, etc. with a good sized propagation area. That's my garden,... in my dreams.
I love what I term as "Wisconsin gardens" - beds thick with flowers that bloom all summer. No rows or sections just a riot of types and colors. These beds seem more visible when driving through that state (instead of tucked into back yards) and I always enjoy looking at them. Anyhow, I strive for that effect in my own gardens --
That's what I did in North Dakota. I had a flower garden in the front with just the roses and strawberries. The only things is that I should have put in 3X the amount of strawberries that I had.
I voted none of the above. Mine would be a tropical garden with lots of cannas,bananas,palms and elephant ears and plumerias of coures and lots of tropical fruit trees with a few monkeys now im dreaming of Costa Rica !!!!!!!!!!. Which I do have most of the above plants any how. I just need the island now.
I voted for the edibles, and though I have one of what most would term 'large' (1250sq') size, I can always dream of bigger! Ooops, how did that tiller get over there?
I would also have voted for the 'cottage' type as I dream of getting my new front bed finished. It won't have many of the traditional flowers, but it does take up a third of the front yard, and will (eventually) wrap 3/4 of the house in blossoms.
@ Sharon: I've lived in rural Wisc. all my life, and I think the reason that you see the flowers in front has to do with, most times, there's a corn field in back - where munching deer sneak out of to raid the hostas! Around here 'deer resistant' doesn't necessarily mean they WON"T eat it, hungry moms making milk aren't picky. But that's not so bad - more for my freezer in fall!
PS - Anyone else looking for Strawberries? Send me a note!
I am also trying to combine a cottage garden with an edible landscape that is also water saving (I just can't go as far as xeriscaping, though I do use graywater.) I have plums, apricots, cherries, oranges, limes, huckleberries, strawberries, and am planning on putting in a pineapple guava and either persimmon or loquat. My borders are lavender, sage, rosemary, mint - as well as quite a few roses. I can't resist roses! And a wisteria arbor, and my fence is covered with morning glories. I have had poor luck with veggies and right now just have some chard and of course will put in tomatoes. I love fruit - edible and perennial!
Anything mixed with edibles is the way for me. I took out my grass lawn to plant veggies, I just couldn't water grass any longer. There are so many edibles that are beautiful but if I see something I like I won't deny myself just because it isn't edible.
I did vote for an edible garden. Although, I would love to have a cottage garden...then you could meander through...along the paths..stop and sit for a while under a canopy of wisteria or honey suckle. Watch the birds and butterflys feed off their most favorite plants. I have a space that I would love to do this with. I want to turn it into a memorial garden for my Gram who loved plants, her hummers and any other wild life that happened to show up.
I have always choose shade plants and love them. It might be from years ago walking to the top of the hill above my Grandmother's house to the tree line and finding so many orchids and trilliums you almost had to step on them to walk. I just like the feel and the woodsy smell
Have to live to enjoy, have to eat to live. Therefore I voted edible garden and a few fruit trees. Now if only that were available with no skeeters, no snow, no hot sultry temps. Okay I'm dreaming right?????
I still can't figure out how to vote, there is no little circle. Anyway my dream garden is flowers and edibles mixed. I have both but not together. This year I plan to remedy that and mix them. There are so many pretty veggies.
@ greenbrain -
I was overrun with the striped devils the first year I put a garden in this yard. Then I read a book called 'Carrots Love Tomatoes' by Louise Riotte, which is about companion planting. The copyright is 1975, but the knowledge is timeless.
I plant many varieties of the squash family, and should be a utopia for their pests but for one thing - the radish. My garden looked like an unkept meadow last year because of all the 4' tall blooming stalks, but I had NOT ONE BUG. Not on 5 varieties of squash, or on the beans, or on the potatoes.
Since the radishes are left to finish their cycle, you can collect seed for next year. Cheap, renewable, effective and 100% natural. The best kind of pest control. I had a mix of radish varieties, so I believe it's more the flower than the flavor that counts, seeing as I like the milder tasting ones, personally. I do recall the ones I had seed for were 'Cherry Belle', 'French Breakfast' and 'Red Meat'. The seed was scattered randomly so I can't say one is better than the other, and I just used Y-sticks to prop up any that overgrew the paths - one radish plant will grow Ht 4', W 3'.
This year my seed will all be hybrids, so some interesting things might result!
haha, i voted none of the above yesterday, but was too tired to wright a response... well, while i was sleeping, i had a dream that my garden was demolished... and i nearly commited murderXD. but my garden is kinda a mix of everything.. we have a wooded shade garden, a tropical themed bed, with banana plants, bamboo, and hibiscus. our new addition will be in the corner with white birch and hemlock:)
I'd love a woodsy garden, not just with ferns and shade loving green plants, but lots of shade loving flowers too. I miss the "woods" I grew up with in Minnesota. Now I live in Denver, which is high plains, 300 days of sunshine annually and dry as a bone. The first thing I missed when I moved here 40 years ago is Minnesota lakes and trees. None of that here.
I'm going to try that radish idea this year. I'm turning a wild pasture grass area into a garden with flowers and veggies and I've been concerned about what kind of bugs I'm going to fight. I don't want to use chemicals because I have a habit of lunch in the garden. I've heard about using Marigolds for pest control, now I will try radish also. Thank you for the information. I'll look up that book by Louise Riotte.
None of the above, really all of the above... My ideal would be Texas Natives, but I love all of the plants with blooms, then I love my butterflies so I have to have sunny nectar and host plants, citrus, vines, and herbs that they use for host plants. Then I have tropicals too and then there is a shady hosta garden. But we also have a lot of hanging baskets, succulents, and pond plants.
Since I have retired I enjoy my gardens even more and have time to try new things.
I would love to have a New Orleans-style cottage garden...does that make sense? And a lush courtyard/patio with a fountain, lots of wrought iron and wicker, and all kinds of things growing around it, including edibles.
I chose a woodland garden with lots of ferns and trees because that's what I currently have - and I've really grown to love shade gardens. I love the cool, calm, serene feeling that my shade garden evokes.
That being said, I have ALWAYS wanted to have a veggie garden so my dream garden would be exactly what I have plus a patch of land adjacent to my current garden where I can grow sun-loving veggies and maybe a sunny cutting garden :)
Yes!!! Beautiful ; I have a pond & water fall next to our patio but--- it is in sun, all day. I am trying to get a nice shade tree growing nearby. I have several failed attempts. Twice the great grand kids broke it down while playing. I have another one started and just for it's protection I have a little fence around it. As for the G G kids they are welcome anytime.
I chose a Xeriscape garden-- because I live in the middle of the woods and have the shade garden. I long to grow lots of cacti and succulents outdoors--not just Opuntia and semps. I guess i will just have to move back to So. Calif.
My dream garden would include all kinds of vegetables and fruits in a 4 season set up, along with an extensive orchard. Throw in a tiny kitchen/herb garden, a herbaceous border English style and a park like arboretum, British style. And of course, a team of helpers to maintain it. But really, just a good producing vegetable garden a some flowers and I'm happy.
Ericabelle described my tropical garden to a tee!!! Of course a beautiful pond with lots of fish, frogs, little lizards along with beautiful birds and butterflies and a place to sit in the middle of this paradise!!!
Want it all too:) Full sun area, woodland shaded area, a creek for stuff along the banks leading to a small pond, veggies and herbs, natural areas for nectar and habitat plantings and a great patio area for my fiendish love of containers. Really not asking for alot am I:lol:
Own the book "Carrots Love Tomatoes" and have tried everything! Now my garden is overrun with tansy, radishes, & all the other plants that didn't repel the squash bugs, but have self-sown out of control. That's why I'm so frustrated. I just grow trombone squash because it's so prolific.
How about one of you two plant HIM and put the clones up for trade! I'd take the 'Pirate' cultivar!
I want to apologize for being unclear. I should have clarified that I was speaking about the Cucumber Striped Beetle (stripy devils) when I mentioned 'squash bug'. There are good articles on this obnoxious pest at www.simplykitchengarden.com and
www.attra.org/attra-pub/PDF/squash_pest.pdf. This second one treats on the borer as well as the bug.
I'm English, so I grew up with an English Cottage Garden. As an adult I lived for 30 years in South Florida, so had a tropical garden. Now I'm in North Carolina. I voted for a vegetable garden because I'm in "if-I-can't-eat-it-I-won't-grow-it" mode :)
Maybe by next year I'll be able to alot some space to flowers.
What, no ALL OF THE ABOVE option? I didn't vote, because I really would love all of the above. I'll just have to go visiting a lot of gardens, I guess! Travel is fun when there's a beautiful garden to see.
I voted for the English Garden. In reality I live on the Treasure Coast in Florida and have a rather unorganized yard full of plants and a small veggie garden. I enjoy the birds and butterflys that frequent my backyard. I have larvel and nectar plants for the butterflys. I have had lots of cardinals and painted bunings this winter. I have 3 birdfeeders and strow some seeds on the ground for the doves. My garden is a work in progress, I'm always seeing some plant that I just can't live without and have to find it a home. My garden is my therapy in this rushed world, time passes quickly while I'm out communing with nature.
I voted English Garden too, but honestly in this high desert climate, with a 5/8 acre of land, we would be nuts to have my whole landscape like that. I can put water loving plants in pots and pockets but I also need to have some Xeric plant areas and plants that can be drought tolerant.
I have made a nice English style garden out of drought tolerant plants, mixed in with roses, in this same region before and it worked but with the water shortage, I could lose all my plants in one year.
Suprised and pleased that vegetable gardens are only behind English cottage gardens. See I am not the only one that passes up flower seeds for a good tomato or pepper plant. To me, a yard full of veggies and fruits is the most beautiful thing in the world.
That half of the planet be gardens, wiith no weeds and for all of us to enjoy. We could wish for world peace while we are dreaming of our ideal gardens...would it be great for all of us to just get along with each other? Well, that would be my dream garden!
Well I had to vote none of the above because I want a one that's a bit of several!
I need a big section of trees and filled with ferns & hostas and the like...but then I want a nice big meadow filled to the rim with wildflowers...and then out front I want a lovely English Garden...and close by in the back a nice veggie garden!
With a Knot/Medieval Garden up near the entrance of our mountain property, a Grape Arbor/outdoor "Feast" area, an Orchard of fruit trees, 3 different Herb gardens, not to mention my ocean cottage paradise (with ocean/sea named plants) and a "tropical" plant sun room, I really would like to have a simple English Garden. Lots of flowers overflowing and "hiding" the house.
One who has the most flowers WINS!
To FlipFlops - Thank you for your kind comments. The cold weather we've been having has damaged some of my plants but I'm waiting until it is gone before doing any serious cutting back. Better weather than they've been having up north, but we can't stand a long period of colder temps like we've been having on our plants here. I'm looking forward to more warmer days soon. What did that groundhog say again???
To Gardener1941 - Love your bottle brush bushes. I planted two in front of my house and they are just starting to put out new growth. What are those plants in front and do they like sun. Another lovely picture...would love to see your garden. I am so ready for the cold weather to leave too and I know we don't have it as bad as others but it's still cold for here!
To Flipflops - the plant in the foreground is a jatropia - butterflys love it. Yes It can take full sun. Lost its leaves in the cold but got flowers back and leaves are coming. Glad cold weather is gone! Everything is growing again. Veggie garden is doing well too. We are in zone 9b - southern part. Bottlebrush is in full bloom now and beautiful! I have a large powderpuff but flowers are gone now and it's putting on new growth. I pruned it a couple of weeks ago. Mango tree has fruit and I'm anxiously awaiting fruit this summer. Citrus trees are blooming and some teeny fruit are holding. Hope this summer isn't too hot so I can spend more time outside.
Weed free, bug free, fire-ant free, snake free, disease free, etc. Since none of this will ever happen, I'll just keep taking my trusty hoe with me to the garden, down at the foot of the hill where the creek runs.