111There is a saying “A room full of books, a garden full of flowers. What more does a man want?” truly well said. There is also another saying that one must be born with green fingers to be interested in gardening. Let us face it that gardening is just not about flowers. A garden is the thought that comes to mind but then that has to be brought into reality.

The need for gardens could be for various reasons. One, that it could be a feast for the eyes each morning. Others can be quite concerned about the environment and so decide to have more greenery in and around the place they stay. Gardening is not only a hobby but more seriously an art form. A lot of it depends on the climate, water availability, soil and manure. One should have knowledge of all the four to be successful.

Types of gardens

shady-potted-plants-janet-loughrey_8828Shade gardens; This is normally made where there are small dark and vacant places. In fact many plants thrive in the shade.

Wildflower gardens: In this plants are grown both in the sun and shade depending on the climate.

traditional-landscapeTropical gardens: These types of gardens are for those who love to see flowers all through the year. For this one needs to plant tropical plants which can be impatience, geraniums, begonias, cannas, elephant ears, crotons etc.

Water gardens: Gardens here take different forms of shape and color. These definitely include water lilies, water crests, lotus and cat tails. All these plants are moisture loving plants and are easy to handle.

Japanese gardens: Those who are interested in creating Japanese gardens in their house must remember that water is the main ingredient in Japanese gardens. A Japanese garden will see a lot of bamboo work, small stones, fences and bridges. The entire effort put in a Japanese garden is based on simplicity rather than cluttering the whole garden.

Shady-GardensRock garden: For creating this one needs a particular niche which can be converted into a rock garden. As the name suggests a lot of rocks both small and medium size are used on a mound of mud and preferably with a huge tree growing out from the center. Here one has the opportunity of putting both sun and shade plants together. Among these perennials, low lying shrubs and bulbous plants can take up the rest of the area. Once complete it truly looks very attractive and relaxing.

Children’s gardens: This is the best way of getting children closer to nature. Many houses allot small areas of the garden for their children to create a theme of their choice. As far as imagination is concerned children have a natural gift for creating something out of nothing. Their imaginations are always based on stories that they have read or seen in which they include animals and characters. The design of the garden could be quite funky but then all that one must see through this is the interest the child puts in. To make it more interesting prizes can be given to the best maintained garden or the most colorful garden.