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  • Alpine garden

    A garden which consists of rocks and rock-loving plants that require little water.

  • American garden

    A concept dating in England from the second half of the 18th century, when hardy North American plants first became relatively easy to obtain.

  • Arboretum

    A place devoted to the cultivation and exhibition of rare trees.

  • Bog garden

    A soft, marshy garden, often peat-based where water- and peat-loving plants are grown.

  • Coastal garden

    A garden located on the coast, with plants and trees suited to the conditions.

  • Exotic garden

    A garden in which plant species from other countries are grown.

  • Fernery (garden)

    Area of a garden for the cultivation of ferns.

  • Flower garden

    A garden in which flower beds are the primary focal point.

  • Fragrance garden

    A garden specifically planted with sweet smelling, fragrant plants.

  • Fruit garden

    An orchard or area where fruit is grown.

  • Heather garden

    An acidic peat-based garden where various types of heather are grown.

  • Herb garden

    A garden for the cultivation of herbs used for medicinal or culinary purposes.

  • Iris garden

    A garden area in which varieties of iris are grown. After much hybridisation in the 19th and 20th centuries, elaborate displays were made possible. Many public parks and horticultural gardens have iris beds and gardens.

  • Kale-yard

    A cabbage garden or, more generally, a small kitchen garden, usually attached to a cottage. Also spelt 'kail-yard.' (Scots)

  • Kitchen garden

    A private garden established primarily for growing vegetables and herbs for domestic consumption. [See also Form>garden>kitchen garden, Purpose>food/drink production>kitchen garden, Plant type/environment>plant type, and Style>kitchen garden].

  • Nuttery

    A wood of nut trees.

  • Orchard

    A small plantation of fruit trees, usually enclosed.

  • Physic garden

    A garden maintained for the study and cultivation of plants for medicinal purposes.

  • Quarry garden

    A garden made in a quarry where the steep sides are used for spectacular effect, as at Belsay, Northumberland.

  • Rhododendron garden

    A garden in which the principal plants are various hybrids and species of rhododendron and azalea.

  • Rock garden

    A garden consisting primarily of rocks and rock plants.

  • Roof garden

    A garden or collection of potted plants on the flat roof of a house or other building.

  • Rose garden

    A garden, often geometrical in layout, or area for the cultivation of roses.

  • Sensory garden

    A garden planted for the use of people who rely chiefly on senses other than sight, designed to appeal to the senses of touch, smell and hearing.

  • Topiary garden

    A garden containing trees or shrubs pruned and trained into various geometric, zoomorphic or fantastic shapes.

  • Vegetable garden

    A garden devoted to growing vegetables.

  • Walled garden

    A garden derived from the medieval monastery garden, with herbs for food and medicine. Later developing to include flower and kitchen gardens.

  • Water garden

    A garden incorporating fountains and pools in which aquatic and other water-loving plants may be grown.

  • Wild garden

    A garden where woodland and meadow flowers grow in an apparently natural way.

  • Winter garden

    1. An area planted for winter display, with evergreens or winter-flowering plants. 2. A large glasshouse for public entertainment. The original purpose was also for the display of plants in the winter.

  • Woodland garden

    A garden created within woodland where imported species such as camellias, magnolias and rhododendrons are grown.

  • Yew garden

    A garden where yew and other coniferous trees are grown.