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7 Garden Styles for Big and Small Spaces

Find out which garden style is best for your home

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Original Article: Tala Singson Photography: Ocs Alvarez | Seong Kwon (Main Photos)

Whether you live in an expansive home or in a studio unit, a garden is bound to bring more life to your space. But if you still can’t decide as to what type of garden you’ll add to your home, let these different styles guide and inspire you.


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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 blooms throughout the year.

Great for: Homes in temperate or slightly colder climates, like in Tagaytay or Baguio 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.


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Herb Garden

Often in a devoted space, this type of garden may hold a variety of herbs used in making tea in cooking, as aromatic scents, and sometimes even for medicinal purposes. They can either be found outdoors in a patch of soil or arranged in pots, or 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: Make sure to grow each herb in separate pots, to help you address each plant’s needs appropriately. Aside from pots, you may also use old soup and tuna cans as herb containers.


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Succulent Garden

This is a type of 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 on a hill to let 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, 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.


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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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Container Garden

This type of garden can be grown in both large and limited spaces. You can opt to plant herbs, flowers, or even small vegetables in pots then place them in a convenient area where they will receive the sunlight they need, such as a windowsill. Container gardens are also versatile—they look great outside, but can also serve as decorations indoors.

Great for: Homes with small spaces, like studios or condo units

Tip: When building your container garden, make sure to use containers with drainage holes, to avoid getting your soil waterlogged.


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Vegetable Garden

If you want to grow your own greens organically, this is the type of garden for you. There is really nothing quite like harvesting vegetables that you yourself have tended to. The great thing is that you don’t have to have a very large space to build your own vegetable garden—even a small space will do, as long as you are able to manage it well.

Great for: Sunny areas with loose, fertile soil which contains organic matter

Tip: Raised garden beds provide a deep layer of fertile soil and will help yield a greater harvest.


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Vertical Garden

Vertical gardens, also known as ‘live walls,’ refer to a technique of growing plants on a vertically suspended panel. This type of garden is also very versatile, as it can either be freestanding or attached to a wall, and can be placed indoors or outdoors. They also help in cleaning the airflow in a certain environment.

Great for: Small spaces in urban areas

Tip: Make sure to do your research on the kind of plants you want to put in your vertical garden, and make sure that the environment you live in will help your garden grow well.

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