By . Garden. Published at Saturday, April 28th, 2018 - 20:28:39 PM.
Like hosta rings around trees, yew, juniper, mugo pine, spirea and daylilies are often overused as foundation plantings. They are all nice plants that can be used in combination with other plants to create beautiful landscapes, full of varied but unified colors and textures. However, if a landscape designer comes to your home for a consultation and says, We will just put a row of yews along this side, a bunch of spirea and daylilies on that side, a big sprawling juniper here, and rings of hostas around all the trees, simply thank them for their time and call the next landscape designer on the list. Most likely, if you are considering spending money on a new landscape, you are hoping for actual curb appeal, not just yawns from passersby.
By definition, a mandala is a geometric shape or pattern that symbolizes the universe, a meditation tool for creating sacred space, relaxation and focusing the mind, or a symbol used as a gateway to a spiritual journey. Mandalas are usually a circle that contain starburst, floral, wheel or spiral patterns within it. A mandala garden is simply a garden space with plants that take on this design principle. Traditional mandalas were actually a square containing a circle which contained these patterns. Also, in traditional mandalas, the four directions, north, east, south and west, or the four elements earth, air, fire and water were often represented in the mandala pattern.
Herbs of any kind make excellent additions to mandala gardens. They have also been created using vegetables or just aesthetically pleasing plants. What you put in your mandala garden should be based on your own preferences ,what plants make you feel happy and peaceful? These are the plants you will want to add to a do it yourself mandala garden.
Pastel gardens are usually designed in a cottage garden style, but due to the colors soothing effects, they would be excellent for mandala or meditation gardens too. Here are some different types of pastel flowering plants that can be used in creating these gardens. Trees: Crabapple, Hawthorn, Lilac, Magnolia, Newport Plum, Ornamental Pear, Redbud, and Weeping Cherry. Shrubs: Azalea, Butterfly Bush, Caryopteris, Clethra, Flowering Almond, Hydrangea, Rhododendron, Rose, Rose of Sharon, Spirea, and Weigela. Perennials and Annuals: Alyssum, Astilbe, Bleeding Heart, Begonia, Cosmos, Dianthus, Fuchsia, Geranium, Gladiolus, Hibiscus, Hollyhock, Hyacinth, Impatiens, Joe Pye weed, Lavender, Lily, Love-in-a-Mist, Petunia, Phlox, Scabiosa, Stonecrop, Tulip, Verbena, and Yarrow. Vines: Bougainvillea, Clematis, Honeysuckle, Mandevilla, Morning Glory, and Wisteria.
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