A garden is a space planned for generally outdoors and is set apart from a home . It is set for cultivation, to enjoy the greenery and display. A garden is made up of both man-made and natural materials. The most usual form of a garden is a residential garden. The term garden was traditionally used to mean a Zoo, where wild animals and other natural habitats were displayed. These were at one time called zoological gardens.
The Native Plant Garden has three distinct sets of areas- a woodland garden with native plants opting for a part shade; a prairie garden showcasing showing the background of sun-loving native prairie plants; and a habitat garden planned and studied to attract birds and butterflies.
The woodland garden is designed with native plants which showcase part shade. The Native Plant Garden has layers of plants with a sequence of blooming time range from tall trees to tiny wildflowers. Shagbark hickory, American hop hornbean and swamp white oak are generally found here. Hazel, spicebush, buttonbush and native raspberry companion these gardens.
The Prairie garden has been designed with low-growing plants in the front and the taller ones in the back to make the visitors look through the entire society of plants. This is an open inviting garden which blooms first with shooting star and prairie smoke. It is then followed by short grasses and perennials like wild indigo, early coreopsis, wild petunia and tiny bluestem. Gentian, flowering spurge, butterfly weed and the tall grass bloom in the last.
The habitat garden is a home for birdhouses, feeders and pleasant statuary. It showcases the appropriate plants that inspire birds and butterflies to visit your yard frequently. Forbes, grasses and many shrubs or vines with berries are magnetic to wildlife. Roses, hawthorn, bittersweet, winterberry, chokeberry and serviceberry are a welcome food source for birds.
The architecture of a Native Plant Garden can be aesthetic, functional and for recreational purposes. It is a cooperation with nature for plant cultivation. The architecture can be so made to observe the nature by bird and insect watching and also by reflecting on the changing seasons.
The architecture of a Native Plant Garden is so designed for relaxation that families can have dinners on their terrace, children playing in the garden, reading and relaxing in the hammock, maintaining the flowerbeds and many other activities.
Pottering in the shed, basking in warm sunshine, escaping the sunlight and heat are also an option to be done in these gardens. Besides all these activities, a Native Plant Garden also benefits growing useful flowers to cut and advance your indoor beauty while fresh herbs and vegetables can also be used in cooking.