To create a natural garden in the city is to enjoy a beautiful garden inspired by nature. It is also enjoying a garden that requires less maintenance and care . It is finally favoring the arrival of birds, butterflies, bees and various insects!
A natural garden is beautiful!
Natural garden does not mean abandoned garden! It’s about evoking nature, not copying it blindly. The natural ambience is achieved by mixing lightly textured grasses with colorful perennials . It is suggested by the density of plantations and the variety of silhouettes of plants.
In a small city garden , the presence of cut hedges, santolines or boxwood sculpted into a ball makes it possible to structure the whole. The transparency of the grasses brings the relaxation and the strong colors of the perennials bring the fantasy. The contrast thus created allows to sublimate the beauty of the natural garden !
A natural garden is easy!
In a small garden , it is better to choose a reduced palette of plants to avoid the “clutter” aspect. At the same time, it limits the maintenance !
Perennials and grasses are selected for their autumnal and winter colors as well as for their flowers that remain beautiful when dry. The plants of a natural garden are easy to live with and they require little care once installed.
Among the grasses, molinies, stipas or panicum are particularly interesting for their transparency. Verbena of buenos aires, gaura or eryngium are perennials full of lightness. The decorative garlic or iris of the gardens , with their rigid silhouettes, allow to create beautiful contrasts. The color spots are brought by sage , monard , yarrow , rudbeckia or echinacea . Lavender and thyme also have their place in a natural garden. All are undemanding plants!
Finally, to limit maintenance and watering , forget the grass and prefer a ground cover plant such as helxine for example, or a natural mulch. (Also find our “Tips for easy and effective watering” here ).
A natural garden is useful!
A natural garden is also a more ecological garden. The plants of the natural garden have soft colors, less gaudy than the big show plants, and they attract a whole fauna appreciating their nectar.
Why not install birdhouses or insect shelters ? You provide them with shelter for the winter and in the spring they will tackle aphids and other undesirable ones!
Finally, even a small water point , is a haven of biodiversity in urban areas too. This can be a mini basin, a fountain or a simple ferry. The birds will get used to come and drink!
A natural garden is an effective way to forget the urban context of a small city garden . It also has the advantage of getting closer to nature, even if it is a tamed nature and sublimated by plants.
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