Novelty Garden Ideas

People are drawn to gardens not only by the beauty they lend to the landscape, but by the feelings they invoke in anyone who spends time in them. Gardens remind the gardener of forces at work in the world beyond human comprehension, from the opening of each rosebud to the fruiting of an apple tree. Novelty gardens allow the gardener to create definite feelings and experiences, whether the whimsy of flower beds filled with the scent of chocolate to the magic of flowers that only bloom at night.

Night Blooming Garden

Also known as Moon Gardens, these landscapes feature plants that bloom only at night. The white flowers of most moon garden plants look luminous by moonlight. As a bonus, night blooming flowers attract pollinating insects through fragrance, rather than color, perfuming the air with rich scent. Some good night blooming flowers for your moon garden include Moonflower (Ipomea alba), Four o'clocks (Mirabilis jalapa), Nicotiana (Nicotiana alata), Yucca (Yucca filamentosa), Dusty Miller (Senecio cineraria),and Artemesia.

Scent Garden

If you enjoy aromatherapy, consider planting a scent garden, full of fragrant herbs and flowers. Choose plants that scent the air, such as roses, as well as plants that release perfume when brushed or crushed, such as scented geranium or thyme. Look for varieties grown for their scent; some modern hybrids of plants such as roses have very little scent at all. Some plants to try in a scent garden include Butterflybush ( Buddleia davidi), Nasturtium (Tropaeloum majus), Sweet alyssum (Alyssum marit/mum), Creeping Thyme (Thymus serpyllum) and Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia).

Tea Garden

The pleasure of brewing a fragrant cup of tea is heightened by using plants you grow to make the tea. You can grow many herbs suitable for tea in a tea garden. Good choices for a tea garden include Tea Hibiscus (Hibiscus sabdariffa), Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis), Lemon Verbena (Aloysia citriodora), Jasmine (Jasminum sambac), Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) and mint. Grow tea roses for both their beauty and fragrance, and for their rose hips, which make a citrus-y tea full of Vitamin C.

Chocolate Garden

Any chocolate lover would delight in a garden filled with the smell of her favorite treat. Plant chocolate mint (Mentha piperita), Chocolate Flower (Berlandiera lyrata), chocolate geraniums , "Chocolate Soldiers" Columbine (Aquilegia viridiflora) and Chocolate Cosmos (Cosmos atrosanguineus). For even more chocolate aroma, mulch the beds with cocoa bean hulls.

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About this Author

Cynthia James is the author of more than 40 novels and her nonfiction work has appeared in publications ranging from Modern Bride to Popular Mechanics. A graduate of Sam Houston State University, she has a degree in economics. Before turning to freelancing full time, James worked as a newspaper reporter, travel agent and medical clinic manager.