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Gothic GardeningDesigning a Gothic Garden
Gothic gardening styles vary depending on the
creativity of the artist. For the beginning gothic gardener
there are gothic theme gardens that allow you to arrange
plants, flowers and herbs in patterns for a beautiful display
garden. For the gothic green thumb the possibilities are
endless. Gothic gardens often contain gargoyles, statues,
urns, wrought iron trellises, arches or arbors. There are many
different styles of gothic furniture and gothic garden décor
depending on your personal style and budget.
Gothic Garden Themes:
- Celtic Herb Garden - geometric knot herb gardens both
fragrant and useable
- English Cottage Garden - traditional heirloom plants
with old fashioned romance style
- Rose Garden - old garden roses and heirloom roses mix
fragrance with beauty
- Walking Path - shapes and defines garden areas,
excellent for perennials or shady areas
- Bistro Garden Setting - for limited space areas like a
patio or deck
Before you start your gothic
garden take into consideration how you would like to use your
garden and how much room you have. If you have limited space
you'll need to plan the usage of that space carefully. Will
you be planning a gothic patio or a sprawling gothic garden
with path walkways and alcoves? You'll also want to consider
the plant hardiness zone map and whether your garden area is
sunny or shady most of the day.
If you are planning to
have gothic architecture in your garden such as furniture and
statues you may want to plan on flowers and plants and
accessories that match your furniture style. There are lots of
furniture options but the most popular is wrought iron in
every style from simple rustic to detailed Victorian style.
Gothic style wrought iron bistro sets are popular for small
Gothic statues, stones and candles on pillars
give a gothic garden some character, charm and romance. One
trick I use with statues is to make a tall pedestal with fancy
stone or pavers to set the statue on making it taller and
adding greater emphasis to your gothic garden. Most statues
are made from concrete or metal.
Gothic Statues Include:
- Gargoyle statues
- Gothic dragon statue sculpture
- Gothic Renaissance Knights
- Angel statues
- Fairy statues
- Gothic Cross Statue
Now that we have planned
for the furniture and the accessories we can start to think
about plants for our gothic garden. Keep in mind your
hardiness zone and if the planting area is in the shade or sun
and a color scheme you'd like.
Top 10 Gothic Garden
Plants and Perennial Flowers
- Iris - spring iris gardens capture attention with deep
dark colors. Just plant the bulbs in the early fall and next
spring they will bloom for 3-4 weeks.
- Roses- prolific bloomers have nice fragrances and rich
deep colors. Choose from wild roses, climbing roses,
heirloom old garden roses and shrub roses. Climbing roses
can be trained on a trellis, arbor or arch.
- Daylillies - sun loving and semi-shaded varieties that
bloom profusely in summer for many weeks. Daylilies' are a
low maintenance perennial plant that is good for beginners.
Daylillies come in dark colors of maroon that look almost
- Hosta - This is a low maintenance hardy perennial for
shady to partly shady areas. Hostas are great for planting
under trees and places where it's so shady that nothing else
grows there. Hosta is also a good choice for boarders or
places where you would like large leaf foliage.
- Tulips - for spring available in thousands of colors to
start the season with a splash of bold color. Tulips are
available in dark colors such as black, purple, maroon, red
- Ferns -hardy foliage for dramatic backdrop and low
maintenance make ferns a popular plant for gardens.
- Jack In The Pulpit and Trillium - Woodland wildflowers
that are mostly dark green for shady areas that are low
- Russian Sage - long purple aromatic spires compliment
other flowers and are very fragrant.
- Hollyhocks - heirloom biennials produce 2 months of
flowers in summer. Large flower stalks provide a strong
vertical point to a cottage garden.
- Ivy - use it to cover walls or the side of a garage for
dramatic foliage coverage.
There are many more
plants, flowers and herbs that can compliment your gothic
garden style. Each year you can add something different to
your garden. Perennials start to multiply and reach maturity
at 3 years so each year you can add a few perennials and soon
you will have an established garden that brings years of
pleasure. No matter if you use a gothic theme design or create
your own a gothic garden it can be a real sanctuary to watch
the moon, hang out, read a book and entertain friends.