How Can I Have A Botanical Garden In My Backyard?

Botanical Gardening

Botanical gardening is simply a display of plants organized in a specific way and is also known as botanic gardening therefore, yes you can create one in your own backyard.

This form of gardening was originally seen as a way of showing a collection of plants to show their relationship to other plants in the same group.

Today it is seen as a method of research, education, conservation, and display of plants.

Ornamental gardening is similar to botanical gardening in the sense that both forms of gardening are for the display of the beauty that each plant has to offer as an individual and as a group of plants.

The garden can vary from something simple to something complex with a mix of shrubs, annuals, biennials, and perennials all growing together or in separate gardens.

Backyard botanical gardening is a great way to explore your imagination with the colors and textures that each plant and its flowers have to offer.

Keeping that in mind it is always best to take your time when designing your garden.

Draw a rough outline of the garden, sectioning off where each plant will go and what will be planted.

This is something that I always do during the winter months in preparation for the spring.

This gives me enough time to explore different options and time for me to change my mind.

If you decide to grow a plant that is difficult to grow or something that you have never grown before, I suggest also growing a plant that would be a good replacement.

If the plant is not needed then it can be grown in a container and displayed by itself or with other plants if there is no suitable place for it.


Annuals are plants that live for one season, dying off during a freeze and flowers will have to be allowed to go to seed in order for them to return the next year.

What I like about annual plants is that they give you the ability to change the look of the garden every season.

They are a good choice for containers that can be placed on porches, patios, decks, or around a home and throughout a garden.

Container gardening lets you explore mixing different plants’ colors, flowers, and textures.


Perennials are plants that live for multiple years, in fact, most plants can live for about 20 years or more.

During the first freeze, the foliage will typically die off to the ground and return again during the following spring.

These plants give you the ability to plant something and enjoy its beauty for years to come which makes these types of plants a favorite for some gardeners.

They are also a good choice for container gardening, but they may need to be brought indoors during the winter months.

Some perennials are known as short-lived perennials because they live for about three years.


Biennials are plants that live for only two years, spending their first year growing to their mature size and flowering in their second year.

Some of these plants do need cold temperatures before they will produce flowers.


Shrubs or bushes can help to provide colorful foliage and flowers throughout the year which is why they are used in so many settings, such as a border, as a group, stand-alone, or even combined.

The most popular shrub for this kind of gardening is the rose bush which is available in many different colors, sizes, and varieties.

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Joel Simon

As a kid, Joel found enjoyment in caring for the many houseplants he grew up with, learning how to transplant them safely, cloning them, and more. At about the age of 10, he wanted to see if he could sprout an orange seed from a store-bought orange and ended up using it as a science experiment in a school project. Throughout the many years of gardening, he has helped many friends and family set up their food and botanical gardens. After years of caring for plants, he was talking with other gardeners and discovering old methods of farming and botanical gardening. Joel has decided to share his knowledge for others to enjoy as he has for many years.

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