What’s your garden design style?
If you like lots of colorful flowers, roses and herbs, a Cottage garden might be the look for you. Inspired by your Tahitian vacation? A densely planted, colorful Tropical Garden will be lush and beautiful. With so many cities imposing watering restrictions, you might be leaning toward an Eco-Friendly garden that incorporates water-wise plants and is maintained without harmful chemicals. Another easy-care style is a Zen Garden, with its dramatic use of hardscape, water and specimen plants that add intrigue, color and texture. Not sure what your design style is? Take this quiz.
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Cottage Garden Style
The cottage garden tends to have a freeform mix of beautiful bloomers and plants brought in from the wild. The emphasis is on flowers and diversity, with less interest in layout except to ensure each plant receives its share of light and water. Above all, this garden must appeal to you personally, filled with the plants, flowers, scents, and colors you love. It is a garden of the heart, of the hearth and of the home.
An Eco-Friendly Garden
Eco-friendly gardening is all about working with nature, not against it. The ideal eco-garden is made up of native selections, and often becomes habitat for birds and butterflies. Chose water-wise plants, recycle yard trimmings and kitchen plant-based scraps into compost, and recycle plastic pots, soil bags, etc. Avoid chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides that run into rivers, oceans and wetlands, and don’t plant invasive species that could wipe out some native varieties. By creating a friendly wildlife habitat and you’ll provide food and shelter for birds, butterflies, lizards, ladybugs and other good critters.
Zen Garden Style
In the late 14th century, Zen Buddhist priests created their very austere gardens for meditation and appreciation of beauty. Today there are many interpretations of Zen gardens, with enhancements such as ponds, bridges, lighting and art pieces. But they are still rich in Asian traditions and focus on an intrinsic reverence for nature. At first glance, the Zen garden is very simple…yet the depth and complexity unfolds the more one studies the space. You’ll find that this is a very easy garden to maintain.
Tropical Garden Style
The tropical garden has one foot in the exotic South Pacific and the other in the Equatorial rainforest. Even if you don’t happen to live in a hot, humid climate, you can create the essence of the tropics. Firs, research what grows well in your area. The essence of the tropical garden is dense planting to achieve the desired jungle-like appearance. Create a wall around the garden - think vertical layers. Surround yourself in plants. Hot, bright colors just scream tropics. Not only bright flower colors, but striking variegated foliage. And, use color in your hardscape and décor.
Whatever garden design you choose, Monrovia wants you to be successful. That’s why we offer an array of Distinctively Better® plants that are easy to grow. We offer improved varieties that are more resistant to pests and disease; have a naturally tidy shape or self-deadhead; and those that are extra colorful and floriferous, or that provide an extra bounty of delicious fruit. Each Monrovia plant is grown in a custom-blended soil mix containing a whole ecosystem full of invisible microorganisms that will benefit your entire garden. What could be easier?