Home gardens can come in many shapes, sizes and types. If you are a seasoned gardener, chances are you already have most of the ideas you need for completing your next landscaping project. Beginner gardeners on the other hand "have a long row to hoe" as they are usually starting from scratch. Whether you are well seasoned in the green thumb arts or have never planted a single seed, everyone can use a little inspiration when it comes to gardening.
Panoramic Garden View
Creating a panoramic garden can be a fun challenge. The idea behind it is to draw your eye through a narrow "looking glass" foreground so that your eyes are led to the great expanse in the distance beyond. This idea works especially well if the view beyond has hills and open spaces with a lot of sky and clouds. It can even work in smaller gardens if carefully executed.
Try creating two low hedges with privet or another orderly type of shrub. If you use taller, more slender bushes at the ends of each hedge (not each plant as that would just look odd,) it will add height without jeopardizing the shorter bushes effect. To trick the eye and make the view more window-like you can put up a sturdy arbor that extends the length of the hedging. Try training a lush vine to grow and cover the top. This will close the hedge in and leave the center part open to the scenery beyond.
Good plant choices for a panoramic garden hedge include, sky pencil holly (Ilex crenata), boxwood (Buxus sempervirens) and Spartan juniper (Juniperus chinensis). Suitable vines are bittersweet (Celastrus scandens), clematis (Clematis virginiana), English ivy (Hedera helix sp.) and silver lace vine (Fallopia aubertii).
Celtic Knot Garden
A Celtic knot garden can be simple or complicated, it all depends on how intricate you wish the knot to be. These types of gardens are best used where they are below a sitting or strolling area, as this gives the best possible viewing advantage. Even smaller knot gardens can be time consuming, as they require careful pruning, watering and fertilization.
Deciding on the design may be difficult at first but when you get the hang of knot gardening you will have too many ideas to remember. Try doing a simple knot or other shape with inexpensive plants. Using quicker growing groundcovers will yield faster results but require more frequent trimming. Try finding evergreen, slow growing plants for the edging and main lines. The use of dainty, blooming herbs as the filler/color between the evergreen lines will add not only beauty but also a useful aspect to your knot garden. They best thing about it is that you can change the herbs out as your aesthetic tastes change.
Good plant choices for a knot garden include, Satsuki azalea (Azalea indicum), creeping thyme (Thymus), soft touch holly (Ilex crenata), little princess spirea (Spiraea japonica) and miniature sedum Rosenteppich (Sedum ewersii var. homophyllum), Spiral Staircase (Sedum sedum) and Carnea (Sedum spathulifolium.)
Herb and Honeybee Garden
Creating a medicinal garden full of blossoming plants is not just a good idea for what ails humans. Honeybees, hummingbirds, butterflies and other creatures find these plants useful as well. In providing wildlife with food and shelter, we are in turn helping ourselves even more. Without honeybees, our crops would not be pollinated sufficiently.
Try planting fragrant herbs and other bee friendly plants within this type of garden. Not every plant has to benefit wildlife directly, but the vast majority should offer at least something positive for them. Plants such as lavender and mint are used for not only human consumption and aromatherapy; they offer honeybees and other beneficial insect's life-giving food and shelter in the form of nectar, pollen and foliage. Try planting catnip and lavender in the place of a more formal privet hedge. Once established both of these plants are drought tolerant and can withstand neglect. Try using plants that can take care of themselves, as this will help to ensure future bee generations will have a sufficient supply of food.
Good plant choices for a honeybee garden include coreopsis (Coreopsis verticillata), bachelors' buttons (Centaurea cyanus), red clover (Trifolium pratense), dandelion (Taraxacum officinale), crown vetch (Coronilla varia), honeysuckle (Lonicera) and blue berry (Cyanococcus vaccinium).