Gardens are always a nice topic to discuss but it seems to be even more pleasant
to talk about these days when so many of us have been inundated with snow, ice,
and frigid temperatures for the past few months.
But what type of garden will you plant? Tired of the doing the same thing every
year? We have some ideas.
Generally, a garden is a plot of ground on your acreage that is defined in a
rectangular or circular shape, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be filled with
vegetables. One of the benefits of living on a large piece of land is that lots
of space is available to create a variety of gardens without the limitations of
the size of an urban lot.
Representative Plants – chives, rosemary, parsley, sage, oregano, lavender, basil
and mint are the most common. They have gained lots of popularity with increasing
interest in decreasing salt from dietary consumption.
Growing Requirements – most are full sun plants; mint, sage and parsley can take a
little shade. Deep fertile soils enriched with compost are the best.
Flower or Cutting Garden
Representative Plants – rose, dahlias, liatris, goldenrod, asclepias (if you singe
the cut ends of the stems), dwarf blue mist spirea, sunflower, shasta daisy, boltonia,
yarrow and coreopsis. Pink turtlehead, beebalm, gaillardia, gaura and rudbeckia are
also quite nice in arrangements. The key to success is planning ahead so that something
is in bloom at all times.
Growing Requirements – varies by plant; be sure to read care tags closely.
Representative Plants – blueberry, fall bearing raspberry, cabbage, peppers, broccoli,
lettuce, spinach, leeks and beets. All of these are well-behaved and won’t go spreading
hither and yon throughout ornamental beds.
Growing Requirements – Again, it varies by plant, but almost universally, deep fertile
soils enriched with compost are the best.
Representative Plants – plumbago, turtlehead, liatris, joe-pye weed, lungwort, obedient
plant, lobelia, daylily, aster and beardtongue.
Growing Requirements – properly designed, a rain garden can handle just about any set of
conditions that nature throws at it; most are full sun and well drained in nature.
Representative Plants – Here’s where room to spread is a plus; veggies such as squash,
pumpkins, sweet corn, okra and sweet potato are good options.
Growing Requirements – Deep fertile soils enriched with compost are the best.
In addition to the above, consider specialty gardens that you may have visited on a trip
to a historic or landmark destination. Re-creating a facsimile thereof is a great way to
customize your acreage landscape and make it your own.
Based on color
Based on species
Historic garden such as Jefferson’s garden at Monticello
Evaluation garden – for testing new plants
Demonstration garden – set up a garden to share what you know with others
Different Types of Gardens
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