Secret gardens – ssshhhh – they’re a secret! Well, not really, it’s a secret everyone knows! Secret garden landscaping is simply creating a small garden within a larger garden which is enclosed from the main view of the garden.
Secret gardens do not have to be big – indeed they work better if kept relatively small as they are a ‘room’ built within the main garden.
Their purpose can be varied. Perhaps you want a quiet, peaceful area to sit and read – away from the phone, the kids and other distractions.
They can be used for a small cottage garden within a larger landscape that has trees and lawns dominating
No space is too small for a garden with personality—one that works for you. Do you want a garden that is peaceful, a refuge from a busy world? Or might you prefer a garden that is exotic, that transports you to another time or place? Perhaps you are looking to create a garden that is whimsical, with elements that make it a world unto itself?
Japanese gardens are an excellent design for a secret garden – the area is small and therefore easy to care for. They are peaceful and also have a distinct personality of their own.
You can enclose, or ‘shut off’ the garden with trellis’s covered by climbers; you can use tall growing hedges; or small conifers 0 but these are somewhat slow growing.
In large back yards, the barrier can be small trees like silver birch with and inner circle that is bordered by a hedge of tall gardenias, azaleas, rhododendrons.
On the interior, you can have a small pond with fish and water lilies or simply a nice grassed area with some comfortable chairs and seats.
A small figurine or two, perhaps a sundial on a pedestal, a birdfeeder or large urn can add some subtle garden décor if you wish.
Employing the idea of secret garden landscaping is a fun activity, as well as ending up a special part of your garden.