Styles of Garden
There are many different
types and styles of garden throughout the UK and we have a
list of gardens open to the
public that have a number of examples of these types, some will be mixed and
matched, others will generally be specific. But whatever type of garden you like
to visit there is plenty of diversity to choose from all over the UK. All of them in their own
right will offer up great photographic opportunities. The following is a list of
some of the types you may come across on your travels around UK gardens.
Garden Types include:-
Botanic Gardens - The
tradition at Britain's botanic gardens is to collect and display as
comprehensive a range of flora and fauna as possible. See
What Are Botanical Gardens
for a description of what they are and their use. These include such gardens as
in Surrey, or the
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
National Botanic Garden of Wales,
but there are also more local ones. There are
around 126 in the UK and Ireland - see our list,
Where to Photograph
for links to those
we have been able to identify.
|Cottage Gardens - The
creators of these gardens are passionate about flowers. They’ll squash in
all the old favourites and so many more you’ll wonder how they managed it. Sweet
peas clamber up willow wigwams, whilst clematis scramble over summer houses,
throw in a drystone wall, a profusion of roses, geraniums and lavenders, and you
have captured the essence of cottage gardening.
Contemporary Gardens -
Tend to be a classification used to signify a more recent garden with modern
designs, which incorporate more of a living space, making a garden an extra room
to the property. This is done by using modern organic materials and combining
this with garden planters, water features, garden furniture, lighting and
A Cottage Garden
Herb or Medicinal Gardens
- Herbs look and smell fantastic, but they’re also endlessly useful.
Continuing an age old tradition, the herb gardens of today provide plants for
dying cloth, flavouring food and curing common ailments. Birds, butterflies and
insects are all attracted to herb gardens.
|Maze Gardens - Who
knew getting lost could be such fun. Some mazes have been around for a while,
whilst others are recent additions to established gardens.
National Nature Parks
or what we call today a Nature Reserve. Public spaces usually in the UK managed
by community, private or public trusts to preserve a particular area of greenery
or woodland. In doing so it usually helps to protect some of our native wild
plants and provides a haven for our wildlife.
Oriental Gardens - The
calming influence of this style has its root in the Eastern religions which
inspire the gardens.
in Cheshire, is home to one of the most famous
Japanese gardens in the UK.
A Structured Garden
Park and Woodland -
Add grand scale, a pinch of exotica and a talent for design. You have some of
the most stunning landscapes in the country covered in this group, including
Arboretums and Pinetums.
|Water Gardens -
Big water makes for big drama, whether it's on the move or tranquil and
reflective. For a formal yet modern water garden,
The Alnwick Castle Garden
in Northumberland is a good example, it's Grand Cascade boasts 120 jets shooting
water six metres into the air every second. Other water gardens have
ponds, like that displayed at the
Beth Chatto's Garden
where 4 natural ponds are home to lush plants and these can provide homes and
habitats just right for dragonflies and damselflies.
Other Types of Garden
Historic Design Types
Gardens can also be defined
by their historical significance or how they came about, such examples of these
Arts & Crafts
A Water Garden
A Rose Garden
A Landscaped Garden
A Public Garden