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Landscape gardening is the art and science of designing and creating outdoor spaces that enhance the natural beauty of the environment and provide functional and aesthetically pleasing areas for people to enjoy.

  • Growing ornamental plants to decorate indoor and outdoor area is called landscape gardening.
  • Gardening is one of the most important division in horticulture.
  • Landscape garden is a place where ornamental plants are grown with non- living elements mainly for recreation.
  • Landscape garden is a planned place where people can relax and enjoy.
  • Garden is created both natural and man-made materials. A Garden helps us to maintain clean and beautiful surroundings and also gives us a regular exercise.
  • Foliage plants, flowering annuals, biennials, perennials, climbers, succulents, cacti, palms, ferns, etc., are grown in gardens to have a good scenery in these places.
  • Gardening improves the aesthetic value of the locations.
  • The common forms of garden are public gardens, fruit garden, vegetable garden and residential garden. Among all of these landscape garden increase the peace, beauty of the surroundings.

1) Features of Landscape Garden

Extensive modern garden is usually make up of the following features.

  • Lawn
  • Shrubs and Shrubberies
  • Climbers and Creepers
  • Trees
  • Flower beds and borders
  • Ornamental hedges
  • Drives, roads, walks and paths
  • Carpet beds
  • Topiary
  • Trophy
  • Fern and fernery
  • Sunken garden
  • Garden adornments

i) Lawn

  • A lawn is an inseparable part of a good home garden.
  • It provides a natural setting for the growing flowers and shrubs like a canvas for painting a picture.
  • Lawn is a permanent picture in both formal and informal garden.
  • Shape of a lawn may be regular or irregular. The most popular regular shape is rectangular. An irregular shape, unequal in length and breadth.
  • The grass planted in the garden should be thick and good green colour, without any weeds.
  • Lawn is an important features of garden. Without lawn the garden is incomplete
  • A lawn is an area of closely – cut grasses in the garden.
  • The grasses are very short in size and longer grasses are cut by the help of lawn movers.
  • Hence, the lawn referred to as green carpet.
  • Lawn helps to increase the beauty of the garden.
  • Shrubs, trees, flower beds and borders form the suitable background of the lawn.
a) Methods of lawn making

Common methods of making lawn are

  1. Dibbling grass roots
  2. Sowing seeds
  3. Turfing
b) For making lawn the following points should be taken into account
  1. Selection of site
  2. Preparation of soil
  3. Raising of grass
  4. Mowing
  5. Watering
  6. Weeding
  7. Top dressing
  8. Tree Planting
c) Grasses useful for lawn
  1. Hariyali
  2. Buffalo grass
  3. Chain grass
  4. Blue grass
  5. Japan grass
  6. Doob grass
  7. Dwarf bermuda grass
  8. Kenya grass, Korean grasses and Hybrid Bermuda grasses
  9. Astroturf is a synthetic lawn made from synthetic fibres.

ii) Shrubs and shrubberies

  • Shrubs offer a wide variety of colour, shape, size and adaptability.
  • A shrub, like a tree may be grown as a focus if, attention in a lawn or rockery.
  • Shrubs are much branched woody perennials which have no central trunk.
  • Shrubs are smaller than trees.
  • Branches are grown in all sides and cover the centre portion of the plants.
  • Shrubs are planned at the corners of the garden and trimmed at regular intervals to a particulars height.
  • They also form border of footpaths
  • In formal gardens, the shrub border is created with more than two kinds of shrubs. Such a shrub grow is called shrubbery or shrub – border.
  • Dense foliage and bright coloured flower shrubs are create charming, excellent beauty to the landscape garden.
  • The shrubs may be evergreen or deciduous.
a) The important shrubs used are
  1. Aralia elegantissima
  2. Aralia papyrifera
  3. Manoranjitham
  4. Baloon Plant
  5. Umbrella Plant
  6. Cassia Alater
  7. Cape Jasmine
  8. May Flower
  • Shrubs are always resistant to pest and diseases

iii) Climbers and creepers

  • Climbers and creepers are an essential part of garden designing.
  • Climbers may be annual like morning glory or canary creeper or perennial like bougainvilla or rambler roses.
  • Climbers and creepers are used to grow against over walls, trellises, arches, pergolas, arbour, pillars or large trees.
  • These are light or heavy depending on its woody nature.
  • They spread over the structure or land by their rootlets, hooks, tendrils etc.
  • Pretty ornamental climbers and creepers display their dazzling beauty while blooming
  • They may be shady or semi – shady location or for sunny location.
  • A combination of climbers blooming successively or simultaneously can create a delightful effect.
  • Climbers provide a beautiful backdrop for the water garden.
  • Climbers are an excellent cover material and act as insulators for the green house.
a) The following ornamental climbers and creepers are suitable for growing in landscape garden are
  1. Bignomaceae
  2. Attamanda
  3. Polygonaceae
  4. Dutchman’s Pipe
  5. Paper flower or Bougainvilla
  6. Railway Creeper
  7. Different Species of Jasminum
  8. Passion Flower
  9. Purple Wreath
  10. Rangoon Creeper
  11. Money Plant
  12. Goose – foot plant.

Layering, root or stem cutting are the propagation methods for cultivating climbers and creepers.

b) Uses of climbers
  • Morning glory and sweet pea are grow in pot culture
  • Some foliage climbers suitable for indoor decoration
  • Some climbers are grown over the fences and green houses to reduce the heat & light
  • Heavy climbers are spread over the arches, pergolas & trees.

vi) Trees

  1. Trees are larger than shrubs and gives a mass effect and beautiful look.
  2. It is the frame work of the garden.
  3. Trees are grown with large woody plants with central trunk.
  4. Trees are ideal for picnic ground in large public garden
  5. Trees provide adequate shade to the garden.
  6. Mainly trophy is formed under the trees.
  7. Arboriculture means cultivation of trees.
  8. Trees protect the garden from the outside noise and give perspective beauty.
  9. Trees are cultivated by seeds, cutting and layering.
a) Flowering trees suitable for landscaped gardening
  • Silver Wattle
  • Golden Shower
  • Tiruvetti
  • Leguminosae – Queen of flowering trees.
  • Pink Shower
  • Cannon Ball tree
  • GulMohar
  • Indian Coral tree
  • Badminton Ball tree
  • Copper Shield tree
  • Indian Tulip tree
b) Benefits of trees
  • It gives much beauty to the area
  • Enjoyable features to the garden
  • Maintain ecological balance
  • Reduce noise and air pollution
  • Sometimes it provides shelter
  • Gives majestic look and greening the surrounding.

v) Flower beds and borders

  • Dense growth of herbaceous annuals producing beautiful flowers in a small compartment is called flower bed.
  • It looks like flower carpet.
  • Flower beds are created along with the foundation of buildings and sides of paths leading to entrance.
  • Narrow flower beds with more length than the width are called boarders.
  • Boarders are usually created by planting heterogeneous plants.
  • Herbaceous Plants – Herbaceous boarder
  • Shrubs – Shrub Boarder
  • Two or More Species – Mixed boarder
a) The Important Plants suitable for flowering beds are
  • Cosmos
  • Kochia
  • Zinnia
  • Iberis
  • Viola
  • Ipomoea
  • Petunia
  • Alyssum
  • Phylox

vi) Ornamental hedges

  • A row of shrubs planted close together to form a boundary for a field or garden is hedge.
  • It usually enclose the particular part of or whole of the garden.
  • Internal hedges are also planted inside the garden with beautiful foliage plants.
  • The Height of the hedge is normally 50 cm to 60 cm
  • Prunning is done periodically to maintain equal height.
  • Hedges are used in garden for dividing bed, boarders etc., from roads, walks or paths.
a) Plants Suitable for hedges are
  • Casuarina
  • Polyalthia
  • Lantana
  • Duranta
  • Aralia

vii) Drives, Roads, Walks and Paths

  • Drives or roads are an important part of gardens, which protect garden plants from foot steps
  • Drives should have link from one part to another part.
  • Brick, Gravel, Rock or Stone, Concrete timber, Bitumen, Glass, Metal are used for constructing drives.
  • Sometimes the inter spaces can be planted with ground spreads
  • Paths define the passage in the landscape created
  • Paths may be paved or unpaved.
  • Paving materials are used to reduce the demerits of mud and dust
  • Paths facilitate easy circulation
  • Various design pattern of pathing materials are used to create beautiful and charming effect of the garden
  • Paving materials could be natural or man-made
  • Man –Paving materials are availlable in various colours and texture
  • Stone, brick, concrete, stacked stones, pebbles, marble are used as paving materials.
  • In formal gardens irregular shaped flat stones or tiles are used for paving. This is called as crazy path.

viii) Carpet beds

  • Dense growth of Herbaceous plants, which are trimmed frequently to have some designs or letters is called carpet bed.
  • Plants with attractive foliages are more suitable for carpet beds than flowering ones.
  • Carpet beds are created mostly in large public garden.
  • Maintenance is very difficult.
  • The Plants are always trimming and not allowing them to over grow.
  • Verbena or Auernanthera are used to form certain designs or letters of alphabet.

ix) Rockery

  • Gardens established in areas where the soil is few millimeters in thickness and rock is exposed at many places are rock gardens.
  • Other names of rock garden is Rockery or Alpine Garden
  • Rocks, stones and boulders are the main characteristic features of rock garden.
  • Large open space or under the shade of the tree is suitable for rock garden.
  • Irregular sizes for large stones are dumped with required peaks and slopes on all sides.
  • Then the gap between stocks are filled with cultivated soil.
  • Different variety of attractive plants are grown in the soil.
  • Shrubs, Herbaceous plants, Creepers, Ferns, Cacti and Succulents are some of the plants suitable for rockery garden.
  • Construction of fountain at one peak and a shallow pool with beautiful water loving plants may include additional beauty to the rock garden.
a) Care and maintenance
  • Thinning shout be done periodically
  • Weeding shout be done by manually
  • Manuring and fertilizing added regularly.
  • Proper watering system should be followed.
  • Diseased leaves are removed immediately
  • Frequently removed dead leaves and shoots.
  • Japanese’s rock garden also known as a zen garden have the special features like moss, pruned trees, bushes, water pool and very few plants

x) Topiary

  • Topiary is a plant which is trimmed and clipped into ornamental shapes such as cone or bird or animal.
  • Shrubs with busy habits are suitable for topiary works
  • Casuarina, cupressus and bougainvillaea etc., are suitable for topiary work.
  • These Shrubs withstand frequent trimming and bending to form definite shapes

xi) Trophy

  • Arrangement of potted plants in the garden is known as trophy
  • Usually attractive foliage and flowers are placed around the trees or a large object or statue.
  • Trophy emphasis the particular object or statue in beautiful way
  • Potted plants are arranged in different tier around rae statue.
  • Flowering animals and herbaceous perennials are suitable for trophy arrangements.

xii) Fern and fernery

  • Ferns are non –flowering vascular plants growing in moist shady terrestrial habitats.
  • Ferns comprise a very large family of may species.
  • Ferns have beautiful foliage and flowers and not exposed to direct sun.
  • They are excellent house plant.
  • Mostly ferns are grown in green house or fernery.
  • A place, where ferns are placed and maintained is called as fernery.
  • A fernery have adequate shade, humidity and temperature.
  • Sometimes to maintain temperature creepers are grown over the roof of the fernery.
  • Ferns are propagated by means of division of rhizome or spores.
a) Most common Indian ferns are
  • Maiden hair fern
  • Tree fern
  • Bird’s nest fern
  • Mother fern
  • Rabbits fern
  • Climbing fern
  • Table fern

xiii) Palms

  • Palms are mostly tropical plants and thrive well in light sandy soil and warm humid places.
  • Palms are suitable for verandahs, stair case or shaded portion of the garden.
  • They make excellent pot plants.
  • Plants can be propagated from seed, root division or suckers.
  • Palms are of great ornamental value as foliage plants. Generally the flowers are not showy.
  • Fan-leaved or feather- leaved palms are generally two group planted in the landscape garden.
  • Travellers palm is very famous palm now- a- days occupies most of the garden.

xiv) Cacti and succulents

  • Cacti and Succulents are breath – taking beauty which adds aesthetic value to the soundings.
  • Plants with fleshy stem and leaves are called succulents. These are xerophytic plants that can withstand drought conditions.
  • Flowers of succulents are very attractive and appear is a wide range of colours.
  • Cacti are characterized by swollen stems, thick waxy coat, various shapes and spines. A cacti is a succulent with thorns or areoles.
  • Cacti succulents are mainly cultivated in pots.
  • Pots made of wood, mud or galvanized metal are used for pot culture. These are filled with sand and vermiculite. Then succulents are planted in the pot. After establishment the pots are kept under the shaded places.
a) Various cacti succulents used in gardening are
  • Star of Bethlehem
  • Zygocactus
  • Thanksgiving cactus
  • Orchid cactus
  • Easter cactus

xv) Sunken garden

  • Gardens created by use of natural depression within the garden is known as sunken garden
  • Around the sunken garden series of terraces are construted.
  • Over the terrace the potted plants are kept to enhance the beauty
  • There is a small pool or fountain at the bottom.

xvi) Garden adornments

  • Garden adornments are accessories used to create the additional beauty of the existing one
  • Garden adornments are non- living one.
  • Garden adornments are listed below.
  1. Fountain
  2. Statues
  3. Garden seats
  4. Ornamental pots and pillars
  5. Arches and pergolas
  6. Trellises
  7. Hanging basket
  8. Tubs
  9. Vases and urns
  • Usually garden adornments are used as basic support of plants to spread.
  • Some adornment are useful for people to fit, relax and sleep (eg) seats and benches.
  • Attractive statue are used to create trophy of the garden.
  • Fountain brings natural look to the Garden.

2) Conclusion

  • Gardens add to the quality of life and gardening is an absorbing pursuit Authour Lloyd says “Gardening is one of those creative activities that produces an enjoyable sensation of enjoyment”.
  • Gardening is an humanizing occupation. In India, we are fortunate to possess one of the richest floras on this earth.
  • So different Plants are grown in the garden with support of some non- living elements.
  • The outdoor and indoor gardens are used the above garden features to enhance the beauty of the surroundings.
  • The living and non-living elements can fulfill the whole beauty of the landscape garden.

The choice of plants will depend on the location, climate, and soil type, as well as personal preference and the overall design of the landscape garden.

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