How many times have you found yourself in awe from a foreign country’s buildings and thought about how different they are from those located throughout the UK?
Another country’s gardens are just as amazing to view mind, as outdoor scenes are often altered as a result of their locations across the world, as well as because of different beliefs and cultures.
To showcase this point, we have taken a look at how citizens of six different countries change their habits when they are working on their gardens…
United Kingdom’s Gardens
Garden space will be place in such high regard by so many Brits when they are searching for a new property to buy. In fact, research claims that we will fork out up to £11,500 more on a home with a garden. For some, a garden is more valuable than an extra bedroom, meaning that even those of us who aren’t exactly green fingered love a bit of outdoor space to call our own. We pine for that perfect lawn, shed and relaxation area with a sun lounger – often on a raised area of timber decking boards.
A standard garden across the UK will be 15 metres long, have up to 10 different flowers present and, of course, feature a garden gnome. After all, is a garden really complete without one? The most popular floral displays include tulips, rose lavender and bluebells, all of which add colour to a vibrant space.
Completing the UK’s perfect garden will be the inclusion of a greenhouse, a birdbath and a washing line. Unfortunately, though, we normally only spend 12 hours each month in our garden due to the nation’s temperamental weather and our busy lifestyles.
Italy’s gardens prominently focus on symmetry. Traditional spaces are home to few flowers too. You will mainly find evergreen plants that have been manicured into geometric hedges or topiaries. One thing the Italians are very fond of is covering their stone walls with foliage vines or climbing roses.
Many Italians view their garden areas as being an extension of their home’s entertainment space. Therefore, you are likely to find art work cladded throughout, including sculptures of gods and goddesses. On the patio, a lemon tree that has been potted in a stone urn is one of the nation’s favourites.
Water features often seen in gardens throughout the UK include ponds and birdbaths. However, homes in Italy prefer the cooling effects of bubbling fountains, pools or cascades. Don’t be surprised to see water shoot out of hidden pipes if you’re walking along a garden path — this was a common feature in old Italy.
As we venture away from the European garden scene, we begin to see even more cultural references. Like so many other locations, India is known for its cultural diversity and this is evident in their colourful gardens. Thanks to the tropical weather India encounters, its garden plants can thrive and that is why so many homes will be filled to the brim with flowering plants.
Don’t be surprised to see the Tulsi, Queen of Herbs, in gardens throughout India. It is thought of as the holiest and most cherished of the many healing and health-giving herbs that will be found in Hindu homes. Because of its holy status, it is planted in special pots and has earned a very special place in the country’s homes.
Roses are likely to be included in so many Indian gardens too. This is because they are said to bring happiness to your life — and they have the bonus of not requiring a lot of care. With cultural references throughout horticulture, money plants are also considered a lucky plant and there will be likely spots with them if you are to observe an Indian garden.
The United States’ Gardens
If they were put alongside each other, American gardens — or yards as they are often deemed — are often larger than European gardens. Studies have shown that Americans are now growing more food in their gardens than ever before, meaning vegetable patches are becoming increasingly popular.
It was only in 2008 that the White House planted its first vegetable since World War II. Plus, by 2013, it was reported that a third of the American public were growing their own food in the backyards.
Multilevel gardens are frequent throughout the US too. Composite decking is commonly used in spaces that are on a slope in order to provide a flat surface area to host those elusive barbecues, or to overlook your garden.
South Africa’s Gardens
South Africans hold their outdoor space in high regard. Be it their own space or elsewhere, they are known to feel at home in open space. Ideas that are often noticeable in South African gardens are increasingly becoming more noticeable across the globe.
Often, South Africans prefer a shaded area. This is so they have the opportunity to get away from the glaring sunshine when they please. This could include shade-loving shrubs and perennials that have a walkway passing through, which adds to the serenity. They are also very fond of the wildlife. Whether it’s inviting our flying friends in for a drink of freshwater or providing nectar-loving birds with plants that delight them, they set up features to help entice the wildlife into the garden — similarly to how we do in Britain.
Native to South Africa is society garlic, with this found in so many gardens throughout the country. It’s a worthy addition to herb gardens and the flowers bloom even under duress.
Life Down Under — it’s a dream of many Brits, right? But, how do their gardens compare? While it hugely depends on where you live — the Outback will differ immensely — we will focus on the suburban areas of Australia since more than 80% of the nation’s population lives in cities or bigger towns.
Thanks to the enviable climate seen across Australia, so many of the country’s citizens view outdoor living as being one of their top priorities. Lawns are becoming less important, with studies showing that a third of outdoor renovation projects are either reducing this space or removing it entirely. Decks, pergolas, terraces and verandahs are springing up in their place and almost half of the projects are incorporating a barbecue area into their plans.
Regarding their choice of plants, Australians often go for floral displays which are native to their home country. Plants which are drought-tolerant are often preferred too. For the lucky ones, an outdoor pool is a luxurious addition to the outdoor space, so you can cool down with a splash about.
Homeowners clearly see gardens as being important elements of their property then, no matter where they are based in the world. While some use it for luxury though, others believe certain plants can bring good fortune on the family.