Types of Gardens: Garden Styles

by CindyMurdoch

Imagine having the ability to step into a magical garden every single time you step out into your backyard. Which garden theme or style brings you peace, joy and pleasure?

Imagine having the ability to step into a magical garden every single time you step out into your backyard. The first step to creating this type of magical environment is knowing the styles that are available for you to choose from and deciding which pleases you the most.
Let's journey now into many beautiful gardens from around the world.

Beautiful Traditional Gardens

By looking at traditional gardens from various parts of the world, you can find inspiration for a garden that evokes emotions from you. Do you want to create a garden that takes your breath away? Or, maybe one that instills a sense of calm? Or maybe one that draws you into its depths so that it can enfold you in its peace?

Let’s journey to some inspirational gardens. As you look at the following pictures, think about the emotions that you feel. What about the garden do you first notice, and what feelings are evoked? Are these the feelings that you want to feel in your own garden? If so, make note of those features and consider how you can incorporate them into your own garden.

A Garden is a Beautiful Place to Relax and Unwind
A Garden is a Beautiful Place to Rela...
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Chinese Gardens

The Lion Grove Garden in Suzhou is well-known for uniquely shaped rocks.
The Lion Grove Garden in Suzhou is well-known for uniquely shaped rocks.
The Humble Administrator's Garden in Suzhou
The Humble Administrator's Garden in Suzhou
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Chinese Gardens

The ultimate goal of a Chinese garden, sometimes referred to as a Chinese classical garden, is to reproduce landscapes in miniature. The garden is typically enclosed by a wall and usually contains several features including ponds, rock gardens, trees and flowers. As you journey through a Chinese garden you will be drawn from one scenic landscape to another along winding paths which also guide you through arbors and pavilions.

This classic residence garden is the He Garden in Yangzhou, Jiangsu.
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The Master of the Nets Garden in Suzhou was used as a model to be copied by other scholars.
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The Japanese Garden

Japanese Garden in Portland, Oregon
Japanese Garden in Portland, Oregon

Japanese Garden

The concept of Japanese gardening originated in China; and as such, traditional Japanese gardening also strives to recreate the natural environment in miniature. Japanese gardening, however, has evolved to be more stylized often abstractly symbolizing fabled lands.

Originally designed for Emperors and upper-class citizens, the Japanese gardens were created to be visually appealing and recreational. The gardens built around the Buddhist temples were intended for meditation, contemplation, and prayer.

A typical Japanese garden will be designed to contain features such as water, including ponds, with bridges and islands, rocks, lanterns, plants and a teahouse.

Although a Japanese garden will be stylized and abstract, it is based on what can be found in nature. If it can’t be found in nature, it should not be in your garden. For instance, you would never find a square pond or a fountain in nature; therefore, you should not put these in a Japanese garden.

Balance and scale should also be considered as a critical design feature. In the design of your garden, rocks can be used to symbolize a mountain and a small pool proportional to the rock could be used to represent a lake.

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The Zen Garden

A Beautiful Zen Garden
A Beautiful Zen Garden

The Japanese Zen Garden

A Japanese Rock Garden, often called a Zen Garden or “dry landscape” garden, has long been created to stimulate meditation. The Zen Garden contains fine gravel or sand that is raked into simple lines and patterns. Other elements that can be found in the Zen garden are the Japanese maple tree, cherry trees, and larger rocks carefully placed for geometric simplicity.

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Traditional English Garden

Old English Garden at Elvaston Castle and Country Park
Old English Garden at Elvaston Castle and Country Park

Traditional English Garden

A traditional English garden does not have to be in England, it only has to look like it belongs in England. What do you imagine when you think of an English Garden? Most people think of carefully manicured gardens such as knot gardens, the wild flower filled cottage garden, or the English rose garden, which is somewhat of a cross between the two.

If you want to create an English garden, with all of its curves, fragrant flowers and lush lawns, you should plan carefully to incorporate these features into your garden. Decide which features are most appealing to you, what plants can be grown to create these features in your locale, and then make a plan to accomplish your dream.

For authenticity’s sake, your design should be one of a simple yet refined beauty, and should appear as if it could be found in the peaceful English countryside.

Upton House, Banbury, Oxfordshire
Upton House, Banbury, Oxfordshire
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English Rose Garden

The English Rose Garden is suited to many different architectural styles.
The English Rose Garden is suited to many different architectural styles.
The Rose Garden at Sunbury
The Rose Garden at Sunbury

English Rose Gardens

The English rose garden is just that – a garden designed to look like it belongs in England containing a profusion of roses. Three words come to mind: lushness, color and fragrance. Roses more than adequately meet the requirements of these three words beautifully and economically year after year.

If you want a relaxed garden area plan to plant ramblers and high Victorian roses. For a more formal garden, you should plan to incorporate floribundas and hybrid teas in well-defined formal design.

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English Knot Gardens

Old Hatfield Palace
Old Hatfield Palace

English Knot Gardens

If you are looking for a very formal garden, then an English knot garden might be just what you want. And if you like working with herbs … well …. many knot gardens are created using aromatic herbs such as rosemary, hyssop, thyme, violas, mallow, marjoram, lemon balm, germander, acanthus, chamomile, southernwood, costmary, calendulas and Santolina. Although these plants are  typical of what is found in a knot garden, you should be more concerned with what grows well in your garden to accomplish what you are trying to accomplish. Talk to your nurseryman, and consider their recommendations too.

Early knot gardens often copied the patterns found on tapestries. Over time they have changed to what we see today. Many knot gardens are edged with boxwood (Buxus sempervirens), and the paths are graveled.

Since the pattern in a knot garden is never-ending, it is good to consider adding a focal point in the center of the garden to draw your vision to a specific point. This could be a sculpture or a specimen plant. Think about what you are trying to accomplish and decide from there.

This knot garden mimics a 1924 type of garden found in the 16th century.
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Beautiful Mulit-Colored Foliage Knot Garden
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Beautiful Knot Garden
Beautiful Knot Garden
Hampton Court Palace Knot Garden created in 1924 utilizing plans from the 16th century.
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The Knot Garden at the Red Lodge Museum, Bristol.
The Knot Garden at the Red Lodge Museum, Bristol.
 

Cottage Gardens

Late October Cottage Garden  located in Adare,Co. Limerick,Irl.
Late October Cottage Garden located in Adare,Co. Limerick,Irl.
A Cottage Garden in Full Bloom in Hemingford Abbots, Cambridgeshire
A Cottage Garden in Full Bloom in Hemingford Abbots, Cambridgeshire
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Cottage Gardens

A cottage garden is a wonderful mix of many things making it both graceful and charming:

  • Informal design
  • Compact plantings
  • Traditional materials
  • Ornamental plants
  • Edible plants (herbs)

Early cottage gardens grown by the working-class often contained vegetables, herbs, fruit trees and even a beehive. Larger estate gardens often contained annuals grown in a greenhouse. Flowers included in many early cottage gardens included roses, calendula, daisies primroses and violets. Present cottage gardens also include ornamental grasses, native plants, self-sowing annuals, perennials, and the ever-present mainstay to the cottage garden – roses.

Cottage garden w/ salvia
Cottage garden w/ salvia
The Plants and Decor Typical of a Cottage Garden
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Cottage Garden in Brittany
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A Cottage Garden
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Tuscan Garden / Mediterranean Garden

A Tuscan Inspired Garden located in Southern California
A Tuscan Inspired Garden located in Southern California
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A View of The Tuscan Countryside
A View of The Tuscan Countryside
A Classic Example of a Loggia
A Classic Example of a Loggia

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Tuscan Garden / Mediterranean Garden

Rich colors, scents, and flavors are a defining element of the Tuscan garden which is often described as being both rustic and elegant at the same time.

Being a kitchen garden, they contain an abundance of herbs and fruits.  

Plants are important in all gardens, but in a Tuscan garden, the hard landscape features are even more important. Terracotta paving is often used to lead up to the home, which would often have a loggia (see above), a covered patio type area open on one side, attached to it with climbing plants planted on it. Add terracotta pots to the mix, and you have classic Tuscan.

An olive tree and a pergola with a fruiting vine such as a grape are very important components to the Tuscan garden. Cypress trees, which are fragrant and evergreen, make great accents to the garden as well as adding height.

Many gardens also contain a fountain, birdbath, and Grecian style urns or other garden statuary. Don’t forget to add seating so you can enjoy all the sights, scents, and sounds of a well-planned Tuscan garden.

A Mediterranean Inspired Garden located in Southern California
A Mediterranean Inspired Garden located in Southern California
The historic Garzoni Garden, one of Italy's most gorgeous, was built around 1652.
The historic Garzoni Garden, one of Italy's most gorgeous, was built around 1652.

Tuscan Garden / Mediterranean Garden

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Desert Garden

Simple Beauty in a Desert Garden
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Desert Garden in Huntington Botanical Gardens in Los Angeles, California
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Desert Garden

Do you enjoy cacti despite their prickly nature? How about a garden that does not require constant watering, dead heading, and pruning? Then a Desert Garden may be exactly what you are looking for! A Desert garden is filled with the simple beauty of cacti and succulents. This does not mean that the plants are small however, as many reach great heights as can be seen in the pictures.  

Desert gardening has different requirements than many other gardens. Desert plants would never be considered fragile because they must be able to tolerate high temperatures, low temperatures, low moisture levels and humidity, and at times high winds as well.

The plants found in the desert are filled with many fantastic textures, that are often highlighted against the hard rocky surfaces around them. Desert plants take full advantage of infrequent rainfalls  by bursting into glorious blooms shortly after. Native flowers and sedums can be allowed to grow among the cacti and succulents to fill in spaces and soften the garden as well as add additional color.

If you do not desire a garden filled with plants that are scented and touchable, but want one full of unique pleasures, a cactus/desert garden may be just what you need.

Desert Garden in Huntington Botanical Gardens in Los Angeles, California
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Desert Garden at San Antonio Botanical Gardens
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Desert Garden in Huntington Botanical Gardens in Los Angeles, California
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Barrel cactus & mammillaria Huntington Library Desert Garden
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Moorish Gardens, Islamic Gardens, Middle Eastern Gardens

Seville: Casa de los Pilatos, Seville, Spain
Seville: Casa de los Pilatos, Seville, Spain

Islamic Gardens, Middle Eastern Gardens

An Islamic garden, filled with courtyards, water features, trees, and flowers, is an ideal location to escape from the world. In fact, it is supposed to be a reminder of what paradise is like and as such it is created to be in harmony with nature.

Islamic Gardens, founded by a people who are from hot and arid climes, focus on the cooling features of shade and water.

In fact, water serves many purposes in the garden, including its ability to reduce the arid conditions and the dusty environment, provide calming and peaceful sounds, reduce the sounds of outside noises, and emphasize the architectural elements that surround it.

Islamic gardens are not designed for a lot of walking to occur – no formal paths through the gardens. Instead, they are designed for rest and contemplation, and they accomplishes this through the provision of places to sit and many scenic qualities to inspire and admire.

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A garden in the 11th-century moorish palace-fortress of Alcazaba in Malaga.
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Tropical Gardens

Tropical Garden at rear of David house in Bandung
Tropical Garden at rear of David house in Bandung
Monte Palace Tropical Garden, Madeira
Monte Palace Tropical Garden, Madeira
A Tropical Garden at the Grand Palladium Palace in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
A Tropical Garden at the Grand Palladium Palace in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
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Tropical Gardens

A tropical garden naturally occurs in areas that have high humidity and temperatures. Although this is the case, many gardeners in cooler climes and dryer conditions have been able to successfully create a tropical garden. This becomes possible through the careful selection of plants and adequate irrigation to keep the soil humid but not waterlogged. Heavy mulching is also required.

A tropical garden becomes harder to build and maintain the further from the tropics you get. Even in the southern United States (south Texas) tropical botanic gardens are often housed in large plexiglass structures allowing for a more controlled environment.

In a typical tropical garden the understory plants have very large leaves and grow together very densely. Other larger plants and small trees often hang over the tops of this dense vegetation. Waterfalls and other bodies of swiftly moving water frequent the tropical garden.

Tropical gardens, whether native or created, are filled with an abundant variety of exotic plants and flowers. Although, a tropical garden may require more care in temperate climes, it can reward you many times over with its lush beauty.

Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden "Palm Jungle" is a forest of naturalized Alexandra palms.
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Fairchild Tropical Gardens, Miami, Florida
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Tropical Garden in Indonesia
Tropical Garden in Indonesia
Heliconia at National Tropical Botanical Garden near Hilo, Hawaii
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Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
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Indigenous/Native Gardens

You may be wondering – what is the difference between and indigenous garden and a native garden? Aren’t they the same? Well in one word – no!

I am going to explain it by using Texas as an example. If I wanted to plant a Texas native garden, then I would be able to choose any plants grown in Texas.

This may work well for some states, or countries, but Texas is big and because of this, it has different climates, different hardiness zones, different soil types, etc. Not all plants native to Texas will grow well in all parts of Texas.

Therefore, I might want to plant indigenous plants instead. Indigenous plants are plants that are local to my area. They grow well with the temperatures that occur in my area, the rainfall that typically occurs, the soil that is found here, etc. This means that growing indigenous plants will be easier and require less effort on my part.

Let’s look at some examples of Indigenous/Native Gardens:

  • A southwestern (United States) desert garden – Just looking at the desert garden section above shows many great examples of this type of garden. It would include cacti and succulents.
  • An Australian native garden – This garden would contain plants that can be found in Australia such as gum trees, Eucalyptus trees, and other native plants. An Australian native garden should contain enough shade trees to provide relief for those long hot days.
  • In a New England area native garden you would obviously want to include maples and other trees known in the area for their glorious colors. Add to that other native plants and shrubs.

You get the idea. Looking at what the area is known for as far as native trees and plants, and then planting those items will create a truly authentic native garden that you should be able to enjoy for years to come.

Types of Gardens and Garden Styles

Which garden theme or style brings you peace, joy and pleasure?

Now that we have journeyed together through many different gardens of the world, you have been presented with so many garden choices and styles to create a garden that you can enjoy for many years to come.

The next step is yours. What type of magical world will you create just outside your back door?

 

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Updated: 04/27/2012, CindyMurdoch
 
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Rose on 08/24/2012

What beautiful pictures! From my point of view (being lazy) the English cottage garden is easiest to manage - it's pretty but doesn't require too much work. The Zen gardens must be really hard to keep pristine.

Cindy Murdoch on 07/04/2012

VictoriaLynn - I am pleased that you enjoyed the stroll through these gardens. I would loved to have one of them also, but I would want to have a gardener to help me keep them in order. I would love to do the planning and have the money to spend to do a project like one of these. So I just come here to enjoy.

VictoriaLynn on 07/04/2012

Wow! Although I don't think I could create such gardens myself, I would love having one. The cottage gardens are my fave--informal and charming. I really enjoyed these photos. Great job!

CindyMurdoch on 05/12/2012

Sharilee - I am please to hear that this was peaceful and soothing. I love gardening and that is what it does for me. I would have a hard time picking a favorite, because they are all so beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing!

SharileeShares on 05/12/2012

Cindy, this was so peaceful to read and study. Your descriptions are so soothing and your pictures are so beautiful. Myself, I think I prefer the cottage style garden because it reminds me of my Mother's garden growing up. But they are all simply stunning. Such a lovely article! I have shared this, too. Thanks for writing.

Cindy Murdoch on 05/09/2012

LOL, Flora! yes, that would be kind of silly! But you could always be Flora the gardener. That's not too bad. I love gardens and so many things about gardens too. I now love gardening more than my body likes doing it!

FloraBreenRobison on 05/08/2012

Hi, Cindy. Amy is my avatar here. :) I love gardens. All kinds of gardens. It is a good thing I am not a gardener myself though, or I would be flora the Florist. That would be too silly!

CindyMurdoch on 04/25/2012

katiem2 - gardens can be so relaxing to enjoy working in and to just enjoy sitting in! I think it is great that you have been able to find features about different gardening styles and to then combine them into a garden that is uniquely your own. That is truly awesome. it sound like it is lovely and relaxing!

katiem2 on 04/25/2012

WOW, what a beautiful tribute to gardens. I love gardens, I have spent countless hours, 10 plus years, getting my landscape and gardens just the way I want. I feel a bit of gardening in every relaxing area of your home is a must. I have the English type garden around my fire place and hot tub bordering the entire right half corner of the stone patio . The front portion, sectioned off with 6 foot privacy fence, is my Zen Garden, I have a koi pond with fish, a rock garden I love to rake and create patterns in all surrounded with my most beloved trees Japanese Maples, of all varieties, I have the red thread leaf weeping, the green thread leaf weeping, the traditional Japanese Mable and just looking to add two more. I spend so much time in mine communing with nature and being inspired. Great for the artistic type, writers included... can't imagine life without gardens :)

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