Buildings abroad often have the wow factor, don’t day? But, have you ever stopped and looked at the difference of gardens across the globe? Possibly not.  With cultural differences rife worldwide, it’s wonderful to look at how our outdoor space changes in different locations.

Here, we discover how gardens change in different societies.

United Kingdom

In the UK, we hold our gardens in high regard, especially when it comes to purchasing a new property. Research claims 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.

On average, a garden in the UK is 15 metres long and is home to 10 varieties of flowers. Of course, on top of that there’s a garden gnome — 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.

Throw in the resident birdbath, a washing line and a greenhouse and you’ll have the UK’s ideal garden. 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

Elsewhere in Europe, Italians like to include symmetry and their traditional spaces don’t include many flowers at all. 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.

It’s thought that Italians prefer their garden space to be an extension of the home’s entertainment area. Because of this, it’s likely that you’ll 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.

While water features in the UK often come in the form of a bird bath or pond, you’re more likely to find the cooling effects of fountains, pools or cascades in Italy. 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.

India

Moving away from Europe and the cultural references often become more prominent. 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.

On that will appear throughout the country is the Tulsi, Queen of Herbs. 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 another likely find in most Indian gardens. They are said to bring happiness to your life and have the added bonus of not requiring a lot of care or attention. 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.

Australia

A move Down Under is the dream for many UK residents, isn’t it? 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.

The enviable climate that Australia offers allows homeowners to place outdoor living in high regard. 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.

Looking at plants, Australian households often stick with native floral displays. For the lucky ones, an outdoor pool is a luxurious addition to the outdoor space, so you can cool down with a splash about.

South Africa

South Africans love the outdoors, don’t they? Whether it’s 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.

South Africans like to create a shaded hide-away area to allow them to get out of the sunshine. 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.

Society garlic is one flower that is likely to be found in many gardens in the country. It’s a worthy addition to herb gardens and the flowers bloom even under duress.

United States

The American ‘yard’ is stereotypically bigger than its European counterparts. Studies have shown that Americans are taking more notice in the ‘grow your own vegetables’ campaigns than ever before. In 2009, the White House even planted its first vegetable since the Second World War and, by 2013, it was reported that a third of the American public were growing their own food in the backyards.

Multilevel gardens are more of a ‘thing’ stateside, too. Composite decking boards are 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.

No matter where you reside in the world, it’s clear that the garden is an integral part of your home. While some use it for luxury, others believe certain plants can bring good fortune on the family.

 

Sources

https://www.housebeautiful.com/uk/garden/news/a1864/average-british-garden-features/

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https://inhabitat.com/studies-show-that-americans-are-growing-more-of-their-own-food-than-ever-before/

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