5 Modern Garden Themes

Do you want to throw a home-grown garden party that doesn’t remind people of period pieces and Pride and Prejudice? If so, here are five cool, modern garden themes that will be as fun to grow and display as they are to explain.

Cocktail: A Garden Theme

If you’re ready to take your garden parties to the next level, consider growing a cocktail-themed garden. Not sure what to plant? Oh, that’s easy. Start by planting the veggies found in the best Bloody Mary you’ve ever had, then move on to reminiscing over mojitos, martinis, flavored margaritas and fruity sangrias. By the time you’re done, you should have plenty of planting ideas (and a healthy thirst).

And, could there possibly be a better way to have a garden party than by enjoying cocktails made with ingredients grown in the actual garden you’re in? I think not. So, grow these vegetables and fruits for a garden theme that sows home-grown fixins:

  • Tomatoes
  • Celery (one of a handful of foods you can regrow)
  • Asparagus
  • Pearl onions
  • Cucumbers (so you can make your own pickles)
  • Banana peppers
  • Mint
  • Citrus fruits
  • Melons
  • Berries

Thai Garden Theme

Here’s a garden theme that will stock your kitchen with almost everything you need to make more than a few of your favorite Thai dishes. Plus, you may end up with the most aromatic garden in the neighborhood. Heavy on herbs (as any good kitchen garden is), this garden theme still offers a deliciously versatile, coconut-curry-inspired ingredient list.

For this theme, plant the following herbs and vegetables, being sure to peruse your favorite seed catalog to find the most authentic cultivars available:

Tiki Bar Garden Theme

A close cousin of the cocktail garden, this garden theme is admittedly tough to pull off if you don’t live in a tropical climate. But, if you do, this has the potential to be the most fun (because you can tie the whole theme together with kitschy glasses, decor and party supplies!). To stock your own tiki garden, grow:

  • Edible flowers
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Oranges
  • Pineapples
  • Fresh fruits (for drinks and appetizers)

The NOH8 Garden Theme

Here’s a cool way to show your support and social awareness: A garden theme that celebrates the diversity and pageantry of Mother Nature’s creations. Plant these rainbow-colored vegetables and flowers in your own NOH8 garden that allows you to show your true colors without flying a flag or painting your fence. Added bonus: Not only will you end up with a beautiful bounty of crops, your produce will be as nutritious as it is delicious.

  • Gourmet Blend beets
  • Multicolored carrots
  • Brightest Brilliant Rainbow Quinoa
  • Easter Egg radishes
  • Rainbow Blend Coleus
  • Jewel Blend Nasturtiums
  • Confetti Poppies

Heal Thyself: The Medicinal Garden

There is no shortage of studies proving food is medicine, so growing a medicinal garden is a great way to stock your proverbial medicine cabinet and spice rack at the same time. Any medicinal garden theme should include plenty of herbs, so, even if it’s not explicitly listed below, consider any common garden herb fair game for a medicinal garden theme.

  • Chamomile
  • Parsley
  • Basil (such as holy basil)
  • Berries (think blueberries, elderberries and cranberries)
  • Garlic
  • Feverfew
  • Echinacea (also known as purple coneflower)
  • Calendula (marigolds)
  • Bergamot (bee balm)
  • Peppermint
  • Chili peppers

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