Let's start with the more common types of Gardens
Vegetable gardeners are among the most pleasant people you will ever meet. I think one of the biggest reasons people have a vegetable garden is because of the endless rewards they bring. If you've never grown your own salad, you can't begin to imagine the satisfaction that it brings. Vegetable gardening is a passion, to be sure.
Container Gardensgarden in jars, plant stuff in Cinder Blocks, Wheelbarrows, and anything else you can think of. It's amazing what people come up with. Container Gardening really focuses on creativity and imagination which, in my opinion, is why it can be so appealing and is growing in popularity.
Raised Gardensneat examples of raised garden beds.
Less Common Types of GardensThese are gardens that you may or may not have ever heard of before. Or, are just not as popular as the above garden types.
Japanese Gardenssays that Japanese Gardens are not like typical gardens that we are accustomed to in America. They serve a more scenic and cultural purpose. They are more a form of art than anything else. Isn't that just so cool?? Sure, if you're trying to feed your family, a Japanese Garden is an expensive dead end, but if you're trying to win some kind of award for having the most beautiful garden, they're a great way to go.
Some things you will find in a Japanese Garden are a bridge that goes over water, rocks or stone designs, a teahouse or pavilion, and a structure such as a fence or wall enclosing the garden. Cool, huh? I'm pretty sure a lot of Japanese plants wouldn't fly in my backyard but I do want to have a Japanese Maple someday.
Tomatoes and cucumbers are the most common vegetables grown in upside-down gardens but there are a lot of plants that do well growing upside down.
Along the same lines of upside-down gardening are String Gardens.
Leftover GardensMary Pellerito tweeted about it. She said:
How cool of an idea is that? I love the idea and would not be surprised if more people have been growing leftover gardens for years. I couldn't find much information about them online, but Mary said she'll be doing a post about them soon, so watch for that! If you have a leftover garden, please share!
@N8Armstrong Some gardeners create 'leftover' gardens--a place to put plants you don't know what to do with.And these gardens are gorgeous— Mary Pellerito (@MaryPellerito) April 26, 2012
Bird GardensCreating a Bird Garden so you can read more about it there. Basically, Bird Gardeners do their research and depending on their native birds, they will plant specific plants to attract those birds. They also put out bird feeders, bird baths, bird houses, and even bird boxes. It's really interesting stuff and if you like birds, you would love bird gardening.
More Garden Types Worth Mentioning
Roof Gardensthis one in Manhattan. Now that is pretty cool.
Don't get me wrong, a roof garden is on my bucket list. I've always want to live in a suburb where there's a Pizza Shop in my basement and a garden on my roof.
Almost time for #gardenchat ... grab your ice tea and kick back for an hour to learn about new gardening ideas!— TheGardenChat(@TheGardenChat) April 2, 2012
Going downstairs to get a cup of tea. Gr8 info on soil temps & seed germination. See you in 10 min on#groundchat—Cristina da Silva (@CristinaGardens) April 27, 2012
I just don't know that Herb and Tea Gardens are as popular as Tea itself. Probably not. But if you're looking for a new garden to try, Herb Gardening is supposed to be a lot of fun. Read How to Grow an Organic Tea Garden and let us know how it goes!
Rock Gardenshow to build a rock garden.
Wall Gardenson Pinterest.) They're awesome in a lot of ways. 1) They're extremely convenient for small space gardening and 2) they're downright sexy.
I've seen wall gardens be done in pots, tea pots, wooden pallets, chain link fences, and even on a wall inside a house. Mr. Brown Thumb shared a Living Wall Planted with Nastriums which is a fantastic example of an exceptionally done Wall Garden.
There are still many types of gardens that I did not mention, but this a great place to start if you are looking for a new project.
Let me know in the comments of other types of gardens I may not have mentioned or, if you have one of the garden types listed above, I'd love for you to tell us more about it!