February 23, 2017 / by Emma Jones

Gardens have always been the object of admiration which goes to show people have always been keen on finding beauty around them. It’s not something only we, modern age earth-dwellers, are interested in. Wherever you go around the world, there are breathtaking gardens to visit, full of scents and plant species that captivate. From Australia’s the Royal Gardens in Melbourne, Kings Park Botanic Garden in Perth, Japan’s zen Ryoan-ji Temple in Kyoto, France’s Versailles, Netherlands’ Keukenhof, Italy’s Augustus Gardens in Capri, England’s Stowe Gardens, all the way to Brazil’s Amantikir and Fanchette Rischbieter Gardens, beauty abounds in every corner.

Since not all of us have the time or the money to go on trips and visit most of the beauty this world has to offer and pride ourselves on stepping at every unique garden in a country, we can always turn to our own homes and make our own garden to marvel at. As in the poem of John Keats, an English Romantic poet, a thing of beauty is a joy forever, and with the proper maintenance your garden can be your joy for years to come, it just takes choosing the right plants. When you first start pondering upon what to plant, look no further than garden shrubs.

Shrubs can give you the variety a garden needs as some of them have flowers, others have berries that you can use to prepare mouthwatering homemade jams, and some grow tall enough to provide you with the privacy you need. So in other words, they are flowers and trees put together. The key to creating a unique garden is variety in plants. All planted in the adequate conditions of course regarding soil and shade. This would give you the chance to enjoy your garden year round, no matter the season. Apart from garden shrubs, fruit trees also make for the perfect choice, and if you have the time and willingness to learn the skills, you could give espalier trees a try and further give the garden a personal touch.

When it comes to flowers, it’s up to you to decide what you’d love to marvel at every day since the options are countless. If it’s vividness you’d like to get, then go for a variety of colours no matter whether it’s from annuals or perennials. A word of caution is to avoid plants that can be poisonous to pets as they often have the habit of chewing on greenery; This goes for toddlers as well. Remember to learn a thing or two about every plant you bring to the garden, and tend to its needs accordingly so your garden would be in full charm all the time.