03 August 2008

Continue to flower and grow

The philosophies ingrained in Disney’s horticulture can be used in a variety of ways, not just to create natural boundaries and eye-catching vistas in the parks, but in our own homes as well. Today we’ll take a stroll through the Twinnings’ Tea Garden, from the 2008 International Flower & Garden Festival, while discussing a few of the fundamentals that go into creating an English-style country garden (courtesy of the Secrets of Disney’s Glorious Gardens by Kevin Markey).

Compactness – Most English gardens, especially within cities, are compact for the sheer reason of spatial limitations. Yet, the crowding of plants allows the garden to have a more natural, overgrown, and wild element to it. As well, with the plants packed in so tightly, the ability for weeds to grow is considerably less.

Containment – Fences, walls, or a row of hedges are all common devices used to contain a garden or to keep unwanted guests out of the garden. Placing some variety of border around a garden can also call attention to it as a focal point of the landscape.

Longevity – Plants vary on when they bloom. To keep a garden blooming all year, or through a single season, be sure to rotate plants with the season and use long-blooming plants that will continue to add color to your garden throughout its life.

Variety – The variety of plants in your garden should be in keeping with the wild theme of a country garden, and will also add dimension and palpability. Mix a variety of styles and types of plants, like herbs, perennials, annuals, shrubs, etc. until you reach your desired level of wild beauty.

Simple Plan – Give your country garden its own backdrop with a trellis, high fence, wall, shed, whatever structure you can find within your space. To complete the natural effect of the garden, do not plant the rows in a straight fashion, allow them to interweave with one another.

I hope you can find some time this evening to sit back with a nice cup of tea, admiring your own garden, as the sun begins to set. As for me, I think I hear the kettle whistling.


DD said...

How do you KNOW all this stuff?! I'm always amazed every time I come by to check it out!

Princess Fee said...

Aw, I do love a nice ol' cup of tea. Over here in Blighty, we do have a tendency to think that tea solves any problems - and it actually does!
Anyway, thank you for taking me back 'home' for a few minutes.

Andy said...

Man, how cool. Love the way they designed that. While I'm not much for tea, a cool mug of lemonade and an evening on the patio with the cat looking at the garden is a perfect way to end any day.

The Viewliner Limited said...

This is very cool!

Mary Schmitz said...

I wish for the great of success in all of our destiny endeavors