Stylish and practical
Determining the theme of your garden landscapes is one of the most important decisions you will make concerning your garden. It will influence which flowers and plants you choose to plant, and it will help decide whether you use arches or water. It can also help you determine whether or not you might attempt to cultivate an insect community, and more.
Before you decide what your garden landscape will be, you should consider the area in which you live. Climate and environment should be two major factors in making your decision. If you live in a southern environment, you'll definitely want different plants than what you might place in an area with long winters.
Tropical Garden Landscapes
If you live in the southern states or in an area with heavy humidity and long hours of sunlight, then you might want to consider creating a tropical garden landscape. Tropical garden landscapes are exotic and have a sense of wildness about them that only adds to their beauty. They should be stocked with plants whose flowers have extremely bright colors and strong scents.
Ferns are a must for any tropical garden landscape. They can be interspersed throughout the garden's bright flowers to provide a beautiful and somewhat savage contrast with their deep greens. Good plants to consider using would be elephant ears and Amazon lilies. Hibiscus plants and orchids are a must.
Modern Garden Landscapes
The modern theory of garden landscapes begins with the idea that gardens shouldn't be isolated islands of flora and fauna set off from the rest of the world, but rather they should be functional extensions of the home that serve a purpose as well as looking beautiful. As such, any foray into modern garden landscapes must pay attention to selecting plant types that will withstand constant exposure to people extremely well.
A hot trend in modern garden landscapes right now is to include a putting green. This is a relatively easy and inexpensive addition to your garden that will make it the envy of any golf lover. Essentially all it requires is mapping the area out, purchasing a high quality grass see or turf, and maintaining its length. For little investment, you can add some new flair to an already excellent garden.
Fountain Garden Landscapes
One of the best additions you can make to your garden is to add some sort of water area. Water has a natural calming effect on most people and can provide a sense of relaxation. Add a small pond in the center of your garden and stock it with a few bullfrogs to give it a rustic country feel, or add a waterfall to make it feel like an exotic jungle oasis.
Of course your garden might not be big enough to house large water areas like these. In that case, a fountain is the perfect solution. Garden fountains come in a tremendous variety of sizes and types, from the small and cute to the grand and majestic. They add a sense of style to any garden.