If you’re a plant-lover, you’ve likely visited one of the thousands of botanical gardens and conservatories worldwide and ogled at the range of fauna. The variety of plants all co-mingling, the organization of the garden, the responsibility of raising all the little organisms well; it’s a plant-parents dream. What if we told you that you could have your own botanical garden at home? No entrance fees and you could have full reign of choosing which plants are grown.
Before diving in to the physical creation of your garden, there are a few things to consider. Depending on the climate you live in, some plants will not survive if they aren’t native to your area. Do your research on the types of plants that can successfully grow in your climate. You could construct an at-home greenhouse(1) eventually to house warmer-climate plants, but for now, stick to plants that can successfully grow in your yard.
Secondly, inspect the soil in your garden space. Is it dry and flaky? Are there any worms and bugs in it? Again, depending on the climate and geographical region, your space may be better suited for plants that naturally grow in that type of soil. Consider treating the soil with appropriate fertilizers and routinely turning the soil so that it aerates and mixes together. Sometimes you need to improve the health of your soil before turning it into a botanical paradise.
Third, make a plan for the layout of your garden. In most botanical gardens, there are winding paths that take the viewer through different sections of the garden. Depending on the size of your yard, adding an interactive aspect like this is rewarding. Many at-home botanical gardens organize the plants by region they are native to. This creates a visually appealing presentation to the viewer and it helps keep the plants comfortable. Any plant-lover knows that the last thing you want to do is shock your plants with a habitat they aren’t accustomed to.
Choose your garden ornaments wisely. Using labels for each type of plant is an excellent way to identify them and to teach visitors about the scientific names of plants. Labels are short and don’t take up too much space. Garden gnomes and other figures can be great ways to add character and personality to your garden. The main concerns are shade and overcrowding. If the décor you add is bulky and tall, it could be shading plants that need more sun exposure. If you add too many décor pieces around the plants they can become overcrowded and their growth is stunted.
When creating your own botanical garden at home, there are a few things to consider. Ensure your flowers and fauna grow strong by choosing plants that can be successful in your climate, nurture healthy soil, and plan the garden creatively and functionally. Then, decorate to your heart’s desire, but always make sure your plants’ comfort comes first. Botanical gardens are beautiful additions to any home and can be built with ease.
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