Plant a Shakespeare Garden

In April, literature fans mourned the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death - and celebrated a life worth living, and writing about. For though the bard wrote on subjects far and sometimes fanciful, his own spirit, wit and humor came through in every stanza.

His topics touched on all the things we experience today: life, love and loss; death and birth, marriage and marital strife, tragedy and often, laughter. Yet the poet was indeed a product of his times, as well as his almost mythical locale: late Tudor England. Among other things, such as music, dramatically gorgeous clothing and courtly manners (or lack of them), the period was known for its beautiful gardens, where the elite and common alike would go to gather their thoughts.

So just what IS a Shakespeare garden? Different enthusiasts have different definitions, but any garden that serves as a quiet refuge - even if only a small one (say, plants surrounding a bench) - and contains plants known to William Shakespeare's time will fit the bill.

For your own Shakespeare garden, try the following:

* chamomile

* bilberry

* birch tree

* English (of course) time

* lavender

* cloves

* honeysuckle

* grape

* rosemary

* lemon

* mallow

* cowslip

* bachelor's buttons

* crabapple

* balm

* narcissus

* plums

* poppy

* ivy

* hyssop

* cherry tree

* brier

* fennel

* garlic

* burdock

* daffodils

* senna

For a few Shakespearean finishing touches, try a lovely white fence (a partial fence at the perimeter is fine), a gate (purchase or refurbish; get as fancy as you'd like), a sitting bench and water and food to attract birds and butterflies.

 

Image: the Shakespeare Garden at Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. Credit: vogue.com

 

 

 

 




Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in Garden Articles

The Wonderful World of Rain Barrels
The Wonderful World of Rain Barrels

Rain is, well...water. So why use a rain barrel when you can just hook your hose to the outdoor spigot and get all that you need? If you're eco-conscious, you're probably already aware that water is not an infinite resource. And for some, filtered, piped city water is a monthly expense...

Continue Reading →

The 5 Best Ways to Use Compost (Plus Bonus Vid)
The 5 Best Ways to Use Compost (Plus Bonus Vid)

Around here, we talk quite a bit about compost. If you're not yet a compost convert, you might want to know exactly why you'd want to use your own compost. We think you'll be surprised at how this easy-to-create, natural product can boost your garden.

Continue Reading →

Wow! The Best Bird Feeders of Pinterest
Wow! The Best Bird Feeders of Pinterest

We love birdhouses. They offer shelter, protection, and for the humans that fill them with feed, something gorgeous to look at all year long. Bird feeders also attract pretty visitors and can be designed to offer a little shelter from rain or falling snow ...

Continue Reading →