Find the Perfect Garden to Fit Your Unique Style
Think of a beautiful landscape garden. Picture it and hold it in your mind. What do you see? You probably see plants, of course, but what kind? Does your garden feature thin, delicate orchids or wide rows of colorful tulips? Do you see footpaths winding through lush, expansive greenery or carefully manicured hedges?
Ask anyone who specializes in landscape design and they will tell you, people’s dream gardens come as varied as the people themselves. There is no one style, one principal to which those who design boutique gardens can stick. Instead, each garden must be designed individually to match the personality and purpose of the people who will enjoy it.
At Lotus Gardenscapes, we built our reputation on our ability to build our customers’ dream gardens, right here in Ann Arbor. No matter what style of garden suits you, whether you want to expand on the garden you already have or build something from scratch, we are the experts in boutique gardening, and we’ll bring your vision to life.
Now, you might be reading this thinking, ‘that sounds great, but what if I’m not sure about my vision? How can I connect the dots and make a functional garden out of the pictures in my mind?’
If that’s you, don’t worry. This short guide will walk you through some of the styles of landscape gardens we have designed. All you’ve got to do is tell us what you like, and we’ll take care of the rest!
Traditional gardens are probably what you think about when you think about a garden. Flowers, veggies, pollinators, whatever you’re growing, whatever style garden you want, you’re going to have aspects of a simple plant garden.
We say simple, but unless you’re a horticulturist, plant gardens can be trickier than they look. Before you plant anything, you’re going to need to look up. The weather where you live is going to have a huge impact on what you are going to be able to grow and when you want to plant it.
There’s a reason you don’t see palm trees in Minnesota, and there’s a reason most people don’t grow apples in Florida. Different climates lead to varieties of soil conditions, rainfall conditions, even humidity conditions, all of which can affect the plants you choose to grow in your garden.
Ann Arbor gardeners can expect warm summers and very cold winters, as well as moderate cloud cover year round. It is important to make sure your plants expect the same thing.
Choosing where to plant your garden can be as important as what you plant in it. Is your yard sunny or shaded? Do you have a weed problem? Certain plants can be temperamental, but give them the conditions they want, and they’ll reward you year after year.
While many plant gardens are built simply for the joy they bring, functional gardens have, well, a function!
Functional gardens can be used to encourage visits from local wildlife. They can help purify the water in the area, or serve as drainage for rainfall. Functional gardens can serve as extensions of a bog or a wetland. They can harness the power of the natural world while adding beauty and elegance to your yard all at once.
If you’ve had problems with water pooling on or around your yard, or if you’ve noticed water runoff trespassing where you’d rather it didn’t, a functional garden can be just the thing.
While there are plenty or resources on how to plant a functional garden online, we always advise gardeners to speak with an expert, as water runoff must be handled in a certain way to avoid contamination.
If you heard the soothing sounds of a koto, plucked elegantly off in the distance as you were picturing your dream garden, a specialty garden might be just the thing for you.
Specialty gardens are gardens built around a certain plant or adhering to a specific theme. Rose gardens, tulip gardens, and sculpture gardens all come to mind.
One of the most popular forms of specialty garden for Ann Arbor landscape gardeners is the Japanese style garden.
Of course, even Japanese gardens can vary widely, but many feature the same key elements: a waterfall, a spring or stream which is crossed with a bridge, a lake with islands (which you can manage with a pond and large rocks), hills, and natural guardian stones.
The Japanese style garden has made a lasting imprint with the simplicity, tranquility, and sense of timelessness it embodies, and is one of the favorite designs of many landscape gardeners.
If you want to build the garden of your dreams, there is no limit to what you can achieve if you abide by a few principles.
Respect the weather and the climate where you live, make sure you understand and will be able to provide adequate watering, and trust the experts when it comes to drainage and gardening installation.
For many of us, there is simply too little time in the day to do all we wish we could. Keeping track of the nutrients in our soil, composting, digging, planting. There is a lot of hard work to be done when it comes to bringing the garden of our dreams out of our heads and actually planting it into the soil.
That’s why the professionals at Lotus Gardenscapes are some of the busiest landscape gardeners in Ann Arbor. We specialize in working with you to build the perfect garden that matches your incredible, unique sense of style. We’ll make sure it’s a perfect fit for your yard and set it all up so that it can flourish and thrive on day one.
That way, all you’ll have to do is sit back and enjoy it. Sorry, koto not included.