In order to start planning a small garden design for your home, office or business, you’ll want a few ideas on what types of gardens are available to choose from. Here are a few of the common types of small gardens you might be interested in creating:

  • Vegetable gardens to grow and harvest food either for yourself or your pets (including some fruit bearing plants and shrubs)
  • Herb gardens both indoor and outdoor to spice up your cooking with fresh ingredients
  • Plots or beds dug directly in the ground of your yard and prepared for plants and flowers
  • Raised box planters (in & out doors) constructed out of wood, cement, stone or brick in various shapes to hold soil and grow plants
  • Hanging gardens made by suspending pots and other containers with plants
  • Rock gardens where the stone is a primary visual element that complements the plants and flowers that are suited to grow with little or no soil – even stone/rock walls
  • Cactus gardens for environments with hot temperatures, bright sunlight and dry sandy soil conditions that are suited to a variety of succulents
  • Ornate gardens with intricate details, designs and structures that are shaped and controlled for artistic effect
  • Greenhouse and solarium gardens set up with protected conditions for exotic types of plants
  • Aquatic gardens with water loving plants integrated into natural or artificial ponds and streams
  • Japanese gardens designed for elegance, aesthetic beauty, tradition and tranquility including dry gardens with just rocks and sand
  • Terrariums and bottle gardens that you can create with an old aquarium, wine bottle or carboy
  • Green wall garden with climbing plants or specially designed structures to support regular types of plants in a vertical configuration
  • Container gardens where the plants are grown in pots, window boxes or other vessels that can hold moist soil
  • Roof gardens which are gaining interest for environmental reasons especially in urban areas
  • Wildlife gardens specially designed to attract various birds, animals, amphibians, reptiles and insects

Of course there are many more types of gardens with special names or even cultural and historic associations. Many of the more esoteric types of gardens are intended for big and showy locations with of resources to build, plant and maintain them.

Each type of small garden design we’re interested in comes with a variety of advantages and disadvantages. They are all suited for certain types of purposes or used to creatively compensate for various design constraints or restrictions. We’ll be exploring all the various types of small gardens in much more detail in future posts. However, next we’ll take a look at some considerations you should be aware of when planning your small garden design ideas.

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2 Responses to “Types of Small Garden Designs”

  1. Vegetable Garden Says:

    Thanks for the post. I am always looking for ways to improve my gardening and cooking skills. My family loves eating real food.

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