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Secret Garden Style

Secret Garden Style

Ever since gardens were first made, emphasis has been laid on their seclusion; they were seen as retreats from the fierce world outside. The idea of the hortus conclusus has run through garden design since Roman times, and was influential in shaping both Moghul and medieval European gardens. The ‘secret garden’ has appeared in the literature of many lands. Hidden gardens within a garden were common in 16th century England, and only went out of fashion with the ‘landscape’ movement in the 18th century.

A desire for intimacy and seclusion has reinstated the secret garden design today. Although the need to keep wolves and bears at bay has gone, we still feel the need to retreat from the hectic, sometimes disturbing, world in which we live.

Growing Fruit In Containers

Growing Fruit In Containers

Anyone contemplating growing fruit in containers has to consider the shape and design of the garden. Almost without exception, fruit grown in containers needs to be trained against a wall and this requires a framework of wires. It should be looked on as a permanent feature. The only exceptions are fruit trees grown on a roof garden as free-standing pyramids or strawberries grown in individual pots or strawberry planters.

What fruit to grow?

The possibilities differ whether you are gardening on a balcony, patio, roof garden or in a window box. If you want to grow fruit in a window box then you may have to content yourself with some Alpine strawberries in amongst the other herbs and vegetables.

Potted Plants For Fall And Winter Seasons

Potted Plants For Fall And Winter Seasons

Potted plants make wonderful additions to the garden right through the year… and even in winter. With a small army of pots of various sizes tucked away in the garden shed or behind the garage or barn, you can create a moveable garden of potted plants for each season. These portable gardens get their start ‘out back’ somewhere, where they wait backstage for their grand entrance when it’s ‘curtain call’ time for them.

The key to success in these seasonal potted gardens is planning and timing. Make your plans on paper for the varieties of plants you want to display for colder seasons, then plant ahead so those particular plants will be ready for display in conjunction with their season.

Garden Entrances

Garden Entrances

Garden entrances and exits can easily make of break an otherwise carefully measured composition. The choice of gates is vast, and you need to consider carefully the style and scale of your garden entrance, and the general impression that it will make.

Where there is a fence, it works well to use the same material for the gate: a close board or picket fence could have a similarly constructed gate. Walls or hedges, on the other hand, obviously have to use a contrasting material such as wood or iron, and this will effectively help to emphasize the point of entry.