Growing your own garden is a chance for you to have a simultaneously beautiful and functional space that you can curate to your liking. While you may choose to include certain plants just because you like them, following a theme for your garden can give you opportunities to be both more creative and more structured. Keep reading for some ideas to help you get started on designing a themed garden of your own!
Ingredients for Favorite Dish
If growing your own fresh food sounds appealing to you, you may choose to include various fruits, vegetables, herbs, and spices in your garden to use in your cooking.
Salsa gardens are a relatively easy choice, since they include plants such as tomatoes, peppers, onions, garlic, and cilantro that are typically well-suited for beginner gardeners.
If you’re a fan of lots of fresh veggies, salad gardens are a great way to have a whole bowl of them. After choosing your leafy greens (lettuce, spinach, arugula, etc.), you can incorporate all of your favorite mix-ins, such as cucumbers, peas, peppers, carrots, tomatoes, or radishes.
Another fun choice for the whole family would be a pizza garden. In addition to growing your own tomatoes and oregano to make the perfect marinara sauce, you may also grow your favorite toppings like banana peppers, mushrooms, basil, or jalapeños.
Home Grown Apothecary
Commonly utilized in traditional medicines, apothecary gardens are perfect for cultivating plants known for their natural healing properties.
Growing a medicinal herb garden allows you to have access to fresh herbs to use for home remedies such as salves, tonics, tincture, and elixirs. Some good plant choices for these applications would be aloe, dandelion, peppermint, sage, rosemary, and echinacea.
Similarly used as a form of natural healing, maintaining an herbal tea garden is a great way to enjoy homemade warm beverages year-round. You may choose to grow mint, lemon balm, lavender, rose, chamomile, or other herbs based on your preferences to use fresh or hang to dry to help preserve your harvest.
Growing for Wildlife
If you’re a fan of observing and supporting both flora and fauna, you may wish to build a garden that attracts animals to your yard.
Butterfly gardens should include plants that are native to your region, as well as plenty of sunny perches and shallow water sources. Some common flower choices include milkweed, daisies, and snapdragons.
Wildlife gardens are a great way to support birds, squirrels, frogs, and other creatures that live in your domain. These gardens should include areas for shelter and protection, food and water, and nesting. Options for these may include tall grass and shrubs, bird feeders, local flowers, bird baths and houses, and small ponds.
Besides their attractive appearance, many plants are also known for their delightful scents. Growing certain flowers and herbs in your garden can provide a fresh, enjoyable fragrance in your yard.
Designing a perfumed garden can create a space that appeals to multiple senses. Being sure to intersperse less fragrant plants to complement the rest, you may choose to plant lilacs, jasmine, lilies, lavender, or sage.
Similarly, if you want to use natural scents for candles, perfumes, or aromatherapy, you can create a fragrance garden that includes plants such as mint, roses, cloves, peonies, and rosemary.
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