In the age of social media and keywords turned catch phrase, those of us who garden and those who hope to garden and those who are only mildly garden curious to hear or read about a lot of gardens. There are Zen gardens, tranquility gardens, lasagna gardens, pizza gardens, native habitat gardens, memory gardens, rain gardens, and butterfly gardens, just to name a few. In any given region and climate, though, there is tremendous possibility for combining the roles of more than one garden. Three of the easiest gardens to combine are butterfly, habitat, and rain gardens. And making such a combination is easy enough that kids quite often do it by nature as they love to choose bold blooms, bright colors, interesting textures, and plants representing history and culture.The purpose of each of these gardens might seem obvious enough from the name, but understanding the role each plays in your community, state, even the world provides a context for both children and adults. Using the opportunity to educate through gardens, every green enthusiast stands to make global improvements. Let’s call it the Butterfly Garden Effect that every positive motion, even the tiniest swoop of a fluttering wing, contributes to the evolution of a better world for all of us, from the most sentient creatures on the planet to the tiniest contributors.The Role of Butterfly GardensButterfly gardens contribute three very basic benefits:*support for local and migrating butterflies*beautification for communities*attraction for a broad range of pollinators and other wildlifeWherever butterflies flutter by, expect to find a wide range of other pollinators, beneficial insects, and birds. It’s the circle of life, as they say, that makes butterfly gardens so crucial to ecosystems. Attracted to color, flavor, fragrance, and texture in your garden, butterflies flit from bloom to bloom, pollinating your garden as they do. Vivid and eye-catching they, in turn, attract a wide variety of prey that belong in your garden, too. Every garden that attracts butterflies benefits from their careful grooming of blooms and the role they play in attracting others who tend, pollinate, fertilize, and de-bug the garden.The Role of Habitat GardensBy nature of the fact that they attract a wide variety of wildlife, butterfly gardens easily double as habitat gardens whenever shrubs and/or trees are incorporated into the design. Essentially, habitat gardens are homes for various insects and animals. Habitat gardens provide:*shelter*food*water*protection*solaceto various creatures, including humans who cultivate them as places of rest and tranquility.The Role of Rain GardensTrue to name, rain gardens take advantage of storm runoff to irrigate gardens, but there is a lot more going on beneath the surface. Designed to take advantage of rainwater runoff, rain gardens also:* direct water to low spots*slow water to negate the possibility of erosion*percolate runoff to promote filtering/cleaning of polluted water*assist in drainage to minimize standing water zones*guide filtered water to bodies such as streams, creeks, rivers, lakes and ponds, and even seas and oceansTo ensure the success and longevity of such your rain garden, incorporate native and noninvasive plants that are up to the task of handling the microclimate forming there. Rain gardens present two main extremes in irrigation: deep wet and extreme dry, from time to time. Native plants that are tolerant of both wet and dry conditions are your best bet. Choosing plants of various root structures, too, will help the garden to do its best filtration work, too. Among the underground portions that help filter minerals, debris, particulate matter, and pollutants are:* shallow, webby roots that filter tiniest particles* bulbs, rhizomes, and cormers (combinations) that hinder larger matter passage* deep, even tap, roots, that channel runoff to deeper soils and layersCombining Roles for Your Own Butterfly Habitat Rain GardenCultivating a garden that achieves all three purposes is as easy as selecting plants that serve the purpose of each garden style whenever possible. Native plants that provide blooms for adult butterflies and/or act as hosts for their caterpillar offspring may be blended with shrubs and trees that provide shelter for the other wildlife who will come to admire and consume the butterflies. In many cases, shrubs and trees may act as nectar suppliers and/or hosts for butterfly populations as well. Among the native shrubs and trees you might choose for your butterfly habitat rain garden are:* spicebush shrubs* butterfly bushes* chokeberry* serviceberry bushes* redbud treesEach of these shrub and trees offers much to any garden as they are fragrant, beautiful, and excellent hosts for a variety of animals and bugs. Use these as focal points or boundaries to control entry and exit from your garden.Layering these core contributors with a wide variety of blooming plants and attractive sedges/grasses will create a zone of comfort and peace for insects, animals, and humans alike. So long as the plants you choose are tolerant of the water sure to come through your garden and the dry conditions that occur once runoff has been directed away, the plant combinations are endless.Meanwhile, every time children are included in the choices you make for your home or school garden, new ideas percolate to grow for amazing results.
If you’re looking for a garden building, you might be surprised by the amount of various buildings to choose from. We would like to break down the different types of garden buildings. If you think that a garage is just a garage, you are about to learn that there is a lot more to it than that. Garden building is typically a very simple and small wooden structure in the garden. These buildings can be used as garden offices, wooden garages, storage sheds, summer houses, and log cabins. If you need more space for unused garden tools and other equipment, it is extremely important to decide which type of building you need in your garden because there are many options for garden buildings. Nowadays, the demand of these buildings has increased extremely.A garden building is a simple wooden structure, mostly used to store unused equipment or gardening tools. These buildings may also be used as workshops. Small garden buildings are common buildings in many gardens because they are sturdy, durable, and functional. If you grow vegetables or fruit for you and your family members, you need a place to keep all your gardening tools. Of course, people are very curious and they want to be sure that the new building will meet their needs. Garden shed or log cabin is the most common choice because of the great look and curb appeal.Garden buildings can be made in a lot of styles and sizes, but always with the one purpose of providing as much storage space as possible. These buildings are usually of a very simple design that makes it easy to take care of them. Garden buildings are very popular in many gardens because they are extremely sturdy, durable, and functional. There are many types of these buildings but garden shed is the most common choice among the gardeners because of the great look and curb appeal. Of course, keeping your gardening equipment somewhere in the corner of your garden isn’t bad, but many people want something more than this. You should build a great garden building where the gardening equipment, mower, and other tools have their place. Most of the gardeners can do most of their work without a garden cabin but when the gardener’s yard is full of gardening equipment, a small garden cabin no longer seems a bad idea. Garden buildings now are common items in the yards.If you work from your home, you may want to buy a small garden building to act as your garden office. Garden offices come in a number of different sizes, shapes, and it is very easy to turn your log cabin into a perfect office place. There are many great benefits of creating a special place to work which helps to make you much more productive. One of the key advantages of working from home is that there is no rush hour commute to work and no parking costs involved. Work life can be left in your garden office allowing your house to be just your house again and not the place you work and live. What is more, the price of the this building is lower than having a house extension built and most garden buildings do not need planning permission.All garden buildings can be fully insulated and the walls offer great insulation properties. For example, these buildings are cool during the summer months and warm during the winter months. You should look for the garden buildings that come with double glazing fitted as standard. You should also know that these buildings tend to be very durable and sturdy because they’re built from the logs. The main characteristics of these buildings are curb appeal, noise reduction, energy efficiency, simple and fast maintenance. However, many people think that these buildings are of short-term value but this is not true. Think about your log cabin as an investment. The great look of your building can increase the value of your building and cultivate your investment.Garden buildings are coming back to our lives and gives us a chance to enjoy living in environmentally friendly houses. These buildings are very popular in many countries such as the United States, South Africa, United Kingdom, Norway, France, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and Denmark. Wood is a natural building material without any negative effects on our bodies. According to the University of the France, these buildings offer lower cooling and heating costs because of the density of the logs and it is very important for both the builders and the consumers. Build a garden building in your garden if you want to save on the heating and cooling bills. The best thing you will find when you are using a garden building is that you can customise this building for your needs and your space requirements.A garden building is a beautiful and comfortable place for your family and friends to meet and relax. What is more, all these buildings can be used for almost anything but the most common uses are as a guest room, sitting room, garden office, wooden garage, log cabin or summer-house. You can see that there are many garden buildings available these days, tailored to many functions. Remember that having a wooden house in your garden can be a charming accessory to add. It can give your garden a style like nothing else. With a little bit of planning and research, you can be on your way to building a great building for a reasonable price.