Now that I’ve run through some of the many styles of gardens, the natural question is, “What kind of garden do I have?”
I think for me it’s safe to say that, strictly speaking, I have none the types of gardens I’ve talked about. And I bet that’s true for most of you. I think most gardeners tend to create what they naturally love, rather than strictly stick to a particular style. The exception to this would probably be people with houses that dictate a particular style.
|What kind of garden style do you see here (other than rather disheveled with the paddleboard in the middle of the lawn)? Certainly cottage, but maybe a squinch of modern?|
Until I did that post the other day on cottage gardens, I would have told you that’s what I have. But even I got a little shaky looking at all those intermingled plants. I’m no neat freak, and I will take asymmetry over symmetry any day, but when I looked at most of those pictures I thought: 1.) Eek, get your pruners out! 2.) I bet there are millions of snakes hiding in there. 3.) Too much! It’s all too much!
I pointed out that one of the more organized garden photos (above) was one of my favorites. And I know why. Because it’s informal in its plant choices but the repetition creates order that I, apparently, crave.
I loved the comments I received after featuring different garden types. Some people were dying to get away from the angular nature of modern and formal gardens, while others, I suspect, felt like they needed to shower after looking at the cottage garden pictures.
|I feel like this area has just a bit of Japanese garden feel to it. With the manicured boxwood and and the rocks, it certainly doesn't feel cottagey to me.|
|I've always loved this picture from my garden because I think it's a nice plant pairing, but this certainly speaks to the "cottage" side of my garden. Even the plants themselves feel informal as they sort of half flop over the patio.|
As my garden fills up with plants, it's not so much about the quantity anymore, but more about the design. I like to think of it as the progression of a gardener.
So what kind of garden do you have? And what kind would you like to have?