4 Garden Styles

Find out which garden style is best for your home


Still can’t decide as to what type of garden you’ll add to your space? Let these four styles guide and inspire you.

Photographed by Miguel Nacianceno, Jun Pinzon, and Paolo Feliciano.

Read the original article (“Garden Variety") in the RL Notebook of the June 2013 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details.

Flower Garden

Typically found in homes, this type of garden has different flowering trees and bushes grown mainly for decorative purposes. Since flowers bloom in different seasons, consider maintaining a sequence of bloom throughout the year.

Great for: Homes in temperate or slightly colder climates – like in Tagaytay or Bagui and Benguet areas.

Tip: If your flowering plant isn’t blooming as often as it should, it might need fertilizer or a little bit more sun. 

Herb Garden

Often in a devoted space, this type of garden may hold a variety of herbs used in making tea and cooking, or as aromatic scents, and sometimes even for medicinal purposes. They can be found outdoors in a patch of soil or arranged in pots, as well as indoors, more commonly in the kitchen for accessibility.

Great for: Kitchen windows that get at least six hours of sunlight, places with temperate climates

Tip: Upcycle old soup and tuna cans into herb containers, much like in this herb garden owned by the Ramirez family – they used old tarpaulin and had them sewn by a tailor.

Succulent Garden

It’s a garden where succulents like cacti are cultivated and displayed. As these plants don’t like too much moisture, they are generally grown on a slope or a hill to let the water drain easily. Miniature cacti can also be placed in small pots or dishes arranged with sand and small rocks.

Great for: Outdoor areas with direct sunlight and extremely arid environments

Tip: If you place cacti indoors, remember to keep them out of reach of children as the thorns can pose a hazard to them.

Zen Garden

Originally known as the Japanese rock garden, the Zen garden is a mini stylized landscape essentially composed of sand and rocks. These are sometimes arranged with other natural elements such as a water feature, grass, and a decorative tree. They are meant to be tranquil, stark, and symbolic, echoing the principles of Zen Buddhism.

Great for: Anywhere in the Philippines! This type also works well in pocket gardens for small apartments and homes.

Tip: You can use gravel instead of sand when creating a small Zen garden in your home.


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