When you think of the concept of landscaping, the first thing that comes to mind is gardening. Flowering plants, vegetables, garden beds, stones, and wooden fences, are just some elements involved in gardening that you would probably think about in an instant.
However, there comes a long and detailed process before you witness a garden in its fullest glory. Sometimes, there will be some sort of ‘trial and error’ in terms of growing plants especially if you failed to do comprehensive research.
Topography is a crucial detail that every landscaper and gardener must take into account or include in the comprehensive research. It involves an in-depth understanding of the physical features of the landscape like the type of soil and climate in your area.
Take a look at this traditional southern garden in New Orleans. The city has a humid subtropical climate all year long, therefore plants that thrive in the cold weather are not recommended to grow in this type of climate.
So when planning to install a southern garden, it’s important to understand the climate requirements of the specific plant.
There are so many kinds, types, and styles of gardens that are used all over the world.
Typically, the variations depend on factors such as the theme, purpose, and topography. Here in the south, one of the most common types of gardens we have is the traditional garden.
A traditional southern garden is characterized by growing plants that can withstand average to intense levels of heat and humidity, with flowing curves naturally shaped plants.
This takes into account the climate and weather that areas in the south are experiencing. Furthermore, here are some of some characteristics of this specific garden type.
Popular native plants include Louisiana Iris, Bald Cypress, Live Oak, and Southern Magnolia.
Tomatoes, eggplants, cabbages, peppers, and some okra are perfect crops that you can plant in a southern vegetable garden. These can withstand the humid temperatures in the South. However, there still should be considerations in the best month and season to plant them. Vegetables or edible plants in your property will maximize the value of your space because you can harvest and eat these from time to time. You can also save money because you have your produce in your backyard. Just take some tomatoes and leafy veggies, and maybe make a salad anytime you want.
On the other hand, having some southern perennials and creeping plants would beautify your landscape even more. Apart from native plants, you may also consider having Boxwood, Camellias, African Iris, Hibiscus, Sedum, Mondo Grass, and many others. These flowering plants and perennials will surely make your landscape more vibrant and inviting. Likewise, these can also grow in in-bound garden beds.
Typically, warm-season grasses are used in semi-tropical New Orleans. Among the most popular ones are bermuda grass and St. Augustine grass. For the most efficient use of this lawn, tables, and chairs, a swing set, or any installation can be added.
Meanwhile, simple raised garden beds are at least a foot deep and three feet wide, going on a length that varies depending on the length of your lawn, garden, or property. Raised garden beds are preferred over regular beds because of several advantages.
A traditional southern garden will always be a classic and unbeatable garden for most Southerners.
If you need a professional landscaper to it for you, Southern City Farm and Landscaping is here to offer its best services.