NATURALIST STYLE GARDENS: MORE THAN ESTHETIC
My small garden has never marked naturalistic style, its size makes it more convenient to pose it as a structured and formal garden to contain the growth of certain plants. Still, I’ve always liked the light air of the herbs with flexible branches and small flowers that sway when the air blows and provide movement to the rigid structure of the trimmed bushes. For this reason, along with thujas, eponymous and trimmed laurels coexist with salvias, gauras or tulbaghias.
My reasons for entering the world of naturalistic gardening are perhaps more practical than esthetic since the end is no other than to make work easier, joining forces with nature instead of hardening against it. If what grows well in my garden is what has been born here spontaneously, why bother to plant what this land has never seen? And if only 50 meters from my plot grows a wonderful plant in imminent danger of being razed, why not adopt it and give it a chance to be saved? And that’s how I now focus my garden: I keep what I’m worth, I bring what others do not appreciate and I eliminate what hinders the good development of what I cultivate.
Roses, lavenders and sage
Introducing wild plants is not too complicated, especially when it is possible to do so by means of seeds or cuttings. Something more delicate is to remove it from the place where it has been established to transplant it to another, although after years of experience in the garden itself enough skill is acquired. As important as knowing how to dig and extract the root ball is to know the right time to do it, and more important if possible: be sure not to do something illegal. Believe me if I tell you that knowing what you can plant, reproduce or tear from your own garden can be a complicated task, even more if you leave the limits of your property.
If you do a little research, you will find more than one sentence to pay serious fines for collecting plants, flowers, pineapples, mushrooms or even firewood from the field. The meadows, forests, lots, roads and any land, even if it is unfenced, has an owner, be it particular, a town hall or the state. That is why it is very important to know where we are going and who is the place where we are going. Ask and ask for permission never hurts and it is best to go to the owner of the farm, the town hall or forest guards to avoid problems for something that seems so simple may be prohibited.