A cutting garden has flowers planted specifically to be cut for flower bouquets to enjoy indoors. Your cutting garden does not need to be huge, but it should be big enough to offer a bounty of flowers throughout the season; set aside a corner of the yard and fill it with flowers you love.
If you have ever enjoyed a salad or soup with edible flowers sprinkled on top, or admired the sugared flowers adorning a cake, growing an edible flower garden might be of interest to you. Unlike with a cutting garden, you don’t need to plant very much at all to produce enough edible flowers to enjoy in dishes from time to time. A pot or two on the patio, or a few plants edging another bed, will do the trick.
Did you know you can create your own natural dyes for fabrics, eggs and other crafty creations, using ingredients harvested from your own backyard? With a dye garden, you can! Berries, flower petals, leaves and roots can be boiled to make homemade dyes in a range of colors.
If you love sipping herb tisanes, why not have a tisane garden? You can choose your favorite herbs, make your own blends and save money in the process. Use herbs fresh from the garden to make tisanes or dry them.
What to plant in a tisane garden: Lemon balm (seen drying here), peppermint, lemon verbena, chamomile, bee balm and yerba buena.
What could be more delightful than walking through a deliciously scented garden? Plant a fragrant garden in the front of your home, along pathways where you will brush against the fragrant plants, or in a backyard sitting area.
What to plant in a fragrant garden: Fragrant roses (smell before you buy), lavender, lilacs, honeysuckle, jasmine, scented geranium, mint, rosemary, sage and oregano.
Who doesn’t love a relaxing soak in the tub? Always have ingredients for your next soak available when you grow a bath garden. Create tub teas, aromatherapy sachets, herbal massage oils or salves for dry skin.
What to plant in a bath garden: Lavender, calendula, chamomile, rosemary and mint.