No garden theme lends itself to the maintenance theme more than a Mediterranean garden.
Using gravels and simplistic forms a truly satisfying garden can be created reminiscing of holidays abroad. The gravels and stone work of Mediterranean style gardens allow for heat traps enhancing micro climates within the garden allowing you to grow ever more adventurous plants. Olive trees, Grape vines and rustic stone work with aromatic herbs can give your garden the warmth of a summers day feel even in the depths of winter.
Nothing can beat the enjoyment of experiencing wildlife within the garden. There are numerous examples of effective wildlife gardens suitable for Buckinghamshire but there are some fundamentals which are effective. Plan a place to sit and watch wildlife, this could be from the house or a patio. Wildlife ponds, wild meadows, native planting schemes bird boxes and insect hotels and log piles can all be great features in the wildlife garden.
With their clean lines and smooth textures and bold lines modern garden styles are a great way to integrate internal and external spaces. Bold planting schemes with organic shapes can be used to wow guests and inject artistry into a garden space. The clean effect of the modern garden style means it is a favourable theme for low maintenance gardens with a careful choice of materials and planting modern gardens can create a big architectural statement.
With good planning and knowledge of horticulture you can plan a garden which flowers every month of the year. For long season flowering and scent you can plant more traditional rose gardens or opt for a wildflower meadow instead of lawn. Bulbs can be planted for early spring colour and perennial flowers can be used to inject seasonal interest and variety into the garden.
Kitchen gardens have become ever more popular over recent years with people more concerned about where their food comes from. More traditional type allotment gardens can be planned into a more designed space with raised timber beds giving the vegetable gardener an easier workable plot. Herb gardens can be positioned outside kitchen doors and fruit trees can create miniature orchards which are both beautiful and productive.
Woodland gardens are a great way to make use of shady areas or gardens with already mature trees. Some prefer the screening and greenery woodland gardens give and there are many things you can do to make a woodland garden a truly rewarding space. Bark mulching can create cost effective surfacing solutions providing cool shaded areas in summer to sit and socialise. Shade loving woodland plants can create a beautiful planting zone which is also good for wildlife
Water can create drama and life within a garden with the ability to create a true focal point. Water gardens can be formal or naturalistic or both! Fountains and waterfalls can create sound as well as aerate water for brightly coloured fish such as coy. A series of linked ponds can also be extremely beneficial for wildlife with wetland plants injecting colour and movement.
Good examples of courtyard gardens can be seen across the world from England to Italy to Morocco. Courtyard gardens are a true testament to the ability to create a good garden space within an urban setting. Potted plants can be used to fill awkward corners as well as allow more exotic planting which can be over wintered inside. The confinement of court yards there is a large opportunity to have outside heating effectively creating an outside room in your garden. Fountains, lighting and wall art can all add to the drama of courtyard gardens.
Tropical gardens are so effective especially in urban gardens where you can make use of microclimates. The bold forms created by tropical planting can give a garden an edge and a much more low maintenance regime than classic shrub plantings. Cool corners with ferns and palms can provide the ultimate garden hide away with bright flowering plants giving the feel of a tropical paradise. Tropical looking plants from China, Japan, Australia and New Zealand can tolerate much colder temperatures giving the possibility of adventurous tropical planting schemes.
Sensory gardens are a great way to experience outside space. Using garden design to stimulate sound, smell, touch as well as visual senses sensory gardens at value to many venues. Schools charities, office and restaurant spaces all benefit from sensory gardens maximising the excitement of the garden experience. Some of the features of sensory gardens are water features, brightly flowering, scented plants, wind chimes for sound and varying textures for touch.
If you would like more information on the garden styles displayed in this post contact Buckinghamshire Landscape Gardeners. Based in Amersham we cover much of Buckinghamshire including High Wycombe and Aylesbury.
Paul Nicolaides has over 30 years of recreational gardening and 20 years of professional landscaping experience. He has worked for landscape contractors including design and build practices across London and the South East. In 2006 he qualified with a BA Hons degree and post graduate diploma in Landscape Architecture. In 2009 he founded Ecospaces an ecological landscaping practice which aims to improve social cohesion and reduce climate change through landscaping. In 2016 he founded Buckinghamshire Landscape Gardeners which designs and builds gardens across Buckinghamshire and the South East. This blog aims to provide easy problem solving information to its audience and encourage others to take up the joy of landscaping and gardening.