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12 Best Garden Themes You’ll Love!

Best Garden Themes for Home Gardening will help you find a themed garden idea you’ll love. Creating a beautiful garden doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult if you start with a cohesive landscape plan.

Best Garden Themes

The Best Garden Themes - Photo of Secret Garden Sign
The Best Garden Themes – Secret Garden Sign

If you’re looking for more ideas on creating a garden you’ll love, Tips on Gardening for Beginners and Planning Your Backyard Orchard will help you on your journey.

After you pick your favorite garden theme, it’s a good idea to find out how much sun each area of your landscape gets and the soil quality before implementing your plan.

Making sure your plants are in a nutrient-dense environment and an ideal spot where they will get plenty of sunshine will give you a successful formula to build upon in your own backyard.

What are Themed Gardens?

A themed garden is one in which all the plants and design elements form a cohesive idea. Supporting garden design ideas like: plants, signs, plant pots, statuary, garden furniture, and whimsical garden accessories are dotted throughout the landscape design.

The good news is you can be someone other than an experienced gardener to create your own themed garden. The best garden ideas start small and then expand to different areas of the garden.

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1. Tea Gardens

The Best Garden Themes - Photo of Cup of Tea Surrounded by Flowers for Tea Garden
The Best Garden Themes – Tea Garden

Who knew how easy it is to create your own tea garden in your backyard?

I started growing herbs for tea a few years ago, and I wrote a post about it that became popular. You can find the post How to Create a Tea Garden here.

Here are just a few choices on plants to include to brew your tea: Alfalfa, Angelica, Anise, Basil, Bay Leaves, Bearberry, Bee Balm, Blackberry, Borage, Burdock root, Calendula, Cayenne, Chamomile, Chicory, Chrysanthemum, Clover, Dandelion, Dill, Echinacea, Fennel, Fenugreek, Geranium, Ginger, Ginkgo, Ginseng, Hibiscus, Lavender, Lemon Balm, Lemon Verbena, Licorice, Milk Thistle, Mint, Nettle, Oregon Grape, Parsley, Raspberry, Rose, Rosemary, Sage, Strawberry, Thyme, and Yerba Mate.

2. Butterfly Garden Theme Idea

The Best Garden Themes - Photo of Blue Butterfly on a Pink Flower - Butterfly Garden
The Best Garden Themes – Butterfly Themed Garden

In a world full of chaos, creating a garden to attract butterflies makes perfect sense. There’s something so magical about these winged creatures that give the heart joy.

Find out how many different types of butterflies live in your area so you can plan your garden design to attract the most diverse species. You will need to provide host plants for the larvae and food sources for the adults. Looking for the best native plants in the area that attract butterflies is a good place to start.

You’re also want to create a comfortable seating area where you can relax and watch these beauties any time you need a little relaxation.

3. Moonlight Garden Themed

Garden Themes - Moonlight Garden
Moonlight Garden Themes

If you want your garden to sparkle at night without lighting, transforming it into a moon garden will create a place of enchantment.

How do you create such a magical place, you may ask? You can create a moonlit garden by adding plants that will illuminate under the moon’s glow. Place a gazing ball on a pedestal would make a beautiful focal point to reflect the moon.

Create a moon garden layout near a window or porch where moonlight streams makes the perfect starting point. Most moonlight gardens are a uniformed color scheme of white flowers with different textures, but you can also add flowers and plants with cool colors.

For more ideas on creating a moonlit garden, you can read my post about starting one.

4. Edible Flower Garden Theme

Garden Themes for Home Gardening - Edible Flowers
Edible Flowers Garden Themes

Having an edible flower garden right outside your front door is a great way to turn your culinary dishes into works of art. Your edible garden will also be a visual feast for the eyes every time you leave or enter your home. The addition of fragrant plants will make your garden smell heavenly as well.

Edible flowers are used in cocktails, desserts, salads, simple syrups, stuffed zucchini flowers, beautiful ice cubes and rings, flavored vinegar, and beauty products. I create a list of the best edible flowers to grow to help you get started.

You can start with a small area of the back garden to get started, and then expand as you feel more confident. To get started on your edible flower garden, here are 10 Tips on Growing Violas.

5. Wildlife Gardening Theme

Garden Themes - Wildlife Garden - Squirrel
Popular Theme – Wildlife Garden Themes

Turning your backyard into a natural haven for wildlife is a simple way to extend kindness to the animals, birds, and amphibians that live around us. Providing shelter, water, and food sources is a way to give back to all the benefits we receive from nature.  

Installing a water source such as a small pond or birdbath is one way to start your native wildlife garden.  I have a birdbath positioned in front of my porch that gets a lot of action from the birds, squirrels, and frogs in my yard. I make sure the birdbath is always full of clean water, especially on hot summer days.  

Attracting bats to your garden is an easy way to provide organic pest control. Bats are hunters of insects and will help you keep your garden healthy. Make sure you install your bat house near a water source. 

6. Japanese Zen Garden Theme

Garden Themes - Zen Garden with Koi Pond
Zen Theme Gardens – Koi pond is the focal point of this garden

Have you ever toured a Japanese garden? The Japanese have mastered the art of creating a tranquil space that soothes your soul.

There are three cornerstones of a Japanese zen garden. They are water features, plants, and a rock garden. You will find that a Japanese garden is a sensory garden. It stimulates all the senses of sight, smell, sound, and touch.

If you’re looking for small garden ideas and crave serenity, this might be the themed garden for you. Zen gardens are also considered low maintenance if you’re short on time. Adding a water garden element like a koi pond will take your zen garden to another level.

7. Fairy Garden Theme

Garden Themes - Fairy Garden
Fairy Garden Themes

Making a fairy garden will let you tap into your creative side to create a variety of different enchanting scenes. This fairy garden has a variety of small plants, a garden statue, a bench, a brick walkway, a paperboy with nuts, small trees, and a squirrel happily munching on his found feast. 

Fairy gardens bring happiness to adults and children by adding whimsy to your outdoor space. Fairy gardens are typically mini gardens that include decorative elements like:

  • Tiny plants
  • Small benches
  • Teeny garden pots and statues

There are lots of other accessories to pick from. It’s easy to make good choices with so many things to pick from. Young children will especially like this theme and taking part in the creation of the garden plan.

8. Salsa Garden

Garden Themes - Salsa Garden - Bowl of Fresh Salsa and Chips - Garden Themed Backyard
Salsa Garden Themes Ideas

If your family goes through salsa like water, this is the garden theme for you. Home-grown tomatoes have a flavor that you can’t find in grocery store tomatoes. Having all the ingredients at your fingertips will satisfy your cravings and taste better!

Some of the edible plants you’ll want to grow are:  tomatoes, onions, jalapeños, tomatillo, cilantro, garlic, lime trees, and habanero chili peppers are just some of the things to have outside your back door. Some of these plants are easy to grow from seed.

If you don’t have a garden bed for a salsa garden, you can still add potted plants to your balcony or porch. Planters don’t take up much room and can yield good results.

Make sure you start your garden where it receives at least 6 hours of sunshine a day. To find out more about how to Create a Salsa Garden, here’s my article on the simple steps.

You could also create a pizza garden or salad garden for a twist on this gardening theme.

9. Hygge Garden

Garden Themes - Hygge Garden Gnome in flowers
Hygge Garden Themes

Creating a hygge garden means adding design elements that transforms your yard into a cozy place that brings you joy. We could all use a little bit more coziness in our lives.

The most import thing to keep in mind when creating your garden space, is to surround yourself with things that gives peace to your mind, body, and soul.

Things like garden decor, perennials, and scented plants can transform your space into a little oasis from the world.

Here’s some more ideas on how to transform your backyard to a Hygge Garden. 

10. Victory Garden

Garden Themes - Victory Garden Vegetable Rows
Garden Themes – Victory Garden Vegetable Rows

A Victory Garden was a common practice for families before lawns replaced vegetable gardens. Recent events have taught us that food shortages can occur, even in modern times. Having your own kitchen garden right outside your back door will give you peace of mind.

Some of the best plants to grow in your vegetable garden are tomatoes, zucchini, lettuce, cucumbers, carrots, onions, garlic, and peppers. You can also add an herb garden and citrus trees to your Victory garden. Start with the types of plants that are easiest to grow.

You don’t have to have a large garden to get started growing vegetables. Even if you have a small space for your garden, you can start with a container garden.

To find out how to make your own Victory Garden, take a look at this article on how to get started. 

11. Insect Repellent Garden

The Best Themed Gardens - Insect Repellent Garden - Photo of a Bug
The Best Themed Garden Ideas – Insect Repellent Garden

An insect repellent garden will be perfect for any bug hater out there. By adding the right plants to control pests, your garden will be a much more enjoyable experience.

The right plants in your natural landscape can repel the insects and pests you have the most problems with in your garden. It’s a natural way to make your garden healthier and more beautiful. 

You can find out more about creating a pest-free garden here.

12. English Cottage Garden

Garden Themes - English Cottage Garden
English Cottage Garden Themes Makes the Perfect Cutting Garden

Right outside your front door, an English garden can add an immediate touch of romance to your life.  Fruit trees, a variety of fragrant flowers jumbled together, and herbs can all be found in this type of garden theme.  

English Gardens don’t follow straight lines. The beauty of this themed garden is the informal look of the garden beds. Here’s some ideas on the best cottage garden flowers to grow.

Design elements like arbors, flower beds, benches, birdbaths, statues, white picket fences, stone fence, garden path, or fountains grace the landscape of an English garden. If you love a rose garden, here are 31 Secrets on How to Grow Roses.

An English Cottage Garden is one of my favorite garden theme ideas. They transform your backyard into a breathtaking space with flowering plants that the whole family will love.

We’ve reached the end of Garden Themes You’ll Love to Try. I hope you enjoyed it!

Let me know in the comments below what your favorite garden themes are and if you used them in your yard. Take the time to plan your dream garden.

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Thanks for stopping by. I’m so happy you found us.

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Saturday 17th of February 2024

What a beautiful blog you got here, Kelly! I am planning Dark mistic, tropical and English cottage garden in the front.

Kelly Morse

Sunday 18th of February 2024

Thank you so much Marie! You made my day. That sounds beautiful. I will be working on my garden this year. I just moved to a new house a couple years ago and I've been too busy. This year both the backyard and front should be done. It's definitely fun to plan. - Kelly

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