There are many different garden themes to suit everyone’s needs, gardening ability and even specific causes and interests. Here are a few of our favourites.

While many South Africans settle for a mix and match garden of trendy plants, traditional plants and plants they just happen to find, home and garden trends are steering towards themed gardens with a distinct style.

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The romantic country garden

If you’re a fan of Jane Austin, then you’ve probably imagined yourself relaxing in a traditional English country garden.

Plant your own mini meadow and do your part for the bees too with a mismatch of local blooms and grasses. The best thing about a romantic country garden is you have such a wide variety of plants and colours to choose from.

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Choose low maintenance, colourful flowering plants from your local nursery and go wild. Forget the formal flower beds, or planting neatly in a row. Accent your whimsical garden with antique finds scattered here and there.

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A tropical escape

If you want to make trips across your garden feel like a tropical holiday, then the tropical theme is definitely for you.

Lush glossy leaves, with scatterings of hot red and orange colours, can really set the scene.

This look is especially lovely around the pool area and finishes off the total summer fun package. Add rock and water features to bring your tropical garden to the next level.

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Potted garden

Space is a luxury and so is gardening. For small spaces, experimental gardening and for people who just don’t have the time to maintain a full-scale garden, potted gardens or container gardens are a great compromise.

There are many advantages to container gardening, including having a mobile garden and elevating your garden to meet you if you have a bad back. Containers are also a great place to experiment with your gardening; you can mix up the soil without ruining your entire garden, plant new plants you want to monitor closely and even move your plants around to make the most of sunny and shady areas.

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Suburban bliss

Manicured lawns, sculpted shrubbery, clean lines and neatly planted and maintained flowers carefully selected to match your home. This is the suburban dream.

This type of polite neatness may be high maintenance, but if curated and taken care of properly, it could mean having a consistently gorgeous garden all year round.

The grass is definitely greener on this side of the fence, but it does take hard work, perseverance and consistency.

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Trendy succulents

Building a succulent garden is one of the trendiest creative outlets for gardeners right now. With so many different types, shapes and colours to choose from, you could create a living work of art.

Once planted, succulents are low maintenance and need a minimal amount of watering. But be aware, this water-wise garden type is an acquired taste; on a large scale, people who can appreciate a succulent garden in the corner or as table art might not be as impressed with an entire yard-sized succulent garden.

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