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Top Tips for Creating a Themed Garden

Many people just want a beautiful outdoor space, and that’s fine. But for some, this isn’t enough. Lots of people enjoy gardens with a particular theme to them. It’s fun to create a themed garden and very rewarding, and there’s a huge variety of garden theme to choose from. So, what theme will you choose?!

Japanese Garden

There’s a reason that Japanese gardens are very zen. When done well, a Japanese garden is a work of art. Keeping it simple and minimal is key, and if at all possible, including some water in the form of a small pond or a water feature is very much in keeping with this theme. The sound of water trickling is extremely soothing when teamed with the serene look and feel of a Japanese garden! 

Japanese gardens often feature evergreens predominantly, which makes them relatively easy to maintain. Furthermore, because the planting in Japanese gardens is usually quite sparse and strategic, this also helps to make the garden low maintenance. Flowers and plants that you might choose to include within a Japanese garden include azaleas, willows, cedar, yews and Japanese irises.

Wildlife Garden

Creating a wildlife garden is a really worthy thing to do for the environment. The great thing about a wildlife garden is that you don’t need a huge amount of space to attract some of the local wildlife into your garden; a small garden will simply mean that you’ll have less diversity attracted in.

For a successful wildlife garden, you’ll need to create some shelter for animals and bug life. This could be as simple as tall grasses and shrubs, or alternatively something more man made like a bug hotel or a hedgehog hut. Bird feeders are an obvious choice to include within a wildlife garden, and why not plant bee and butterfly friendly plants such as lavender, hollyhock, cosmos and buddleia?

The beauty of a wildlife garden is that it doesn’t have to look pristine; the wild meadow look will not only look beautiful but will serve your local wildlife well.

Alpine Garden

Although the word ‘rockery’ is scarily reminiscent of the 1980s, alpine gardens are making something of a comeback. If you have a walled area in your garden that has perhaps seen better days, why not push tiny alpine plants into the cracks and crevices to create a beautifully rustic, rural look? Alternatively, living roofs and green walls filled with the likes of ferns are an excellent eco-friendly way of incorporating some alpines into your garden.

Tropical Garden

There’s something so very exotic about a tropical garden. If you want your own slice of paradise within your garden, you can do so even in our cooler climes.

The trick to creating a tropical garden, besides your choice of plants, is to use layers. Have wide borders and pack them full of different layers of plants. Similarly, try to create a jungle canopy using palm trees, ferns, and cordylines. Choosing plants with big leaves and strong shapes such as hostas and lilies will help to bulk up your tropical garden. Remember to keep any frost sensitive plants in pots so that you can move them into shelter and out of harm’s way during the winter months.

If you’re thinking of creating a themed garden, it’s a good idea to consult a professional garden landscape company. Here at D&G Garden World we have plenty of years’ experience in creating all sorts of gardens and can advise on what is best in terms of your planting scheme. Get in touch with us once you’ve decided upon your chosen theme!