Top U.S. Cities For Gardeners
One of the best things about owning your own home is the garden that comes with it. Almost anyone can create a garden oasis for themselves with a little bit of work and knowing what to plant. However, just like real estate, location is everything when it comes to gardening because we need to consider things like the climate, soil, and the amount of sunlight or shade our garden will get.
In the U.S. many people love to display their gardening talents by planting visually breathtaking plants in such a way that their gardens look like works of landscaped art. Some cities are obviously better locations for gardens than others so take a look at some of the best cities in the U.S. for gardeners and get motivated to put your green thumb to work.
1. Sacramento, California
Sacramento, in sunny California, is home to some stunning public gardens. This city gets lots of sunshine. The warm and temperate climate is great is suitable for a large variety of different plants, and even edible ones like berries, fruit, and vegetables. If you’re looking for some sunny inspiration for your garden, visit McKinley Rose Garden or WPA Rock Garden at William Land Park. These gardens are stunningly landscaped and will certainly give you some great ideas for your landscaping plans. The warm weather is ideal for lounging in your pristine garden, so put up a few hammocks and relax in your own private paradise.
2. Houston, Texas
It’s hard to imagine being able to cultivate a fabulous garden in a city like Houston in Texas. For one, the clay soil is a real challenge for gardeners and the extremely high temperatures over the summer months further add to the difficulties. Then you also need to worry about the bugs that flourish in this region and have a tendency to devour everything they land on. With all of these challenges, Houston still has some of the prettiest gardens in the world. The McGovern Centennial Gardens and the nearby Japanese Garden are a mecca for garden lovers to visit and you can see for yourself what types of plants will work. Because of the dry heat, you will probably need to clear dry branches and leaves quite frequently and this is where backpack leaf blowers may be just the tool to keep your garden looking neat all year round.
3. St Louis, Missouri
One of the most exciting cities in the U.S. for gardeners is St Louis in Missouri. This city is home to some of the largest and most impressive gardens. With large expanses of pristine lawns and a climate that has 4 distinct seasons, you can have a little bit of everything with some plants, like evergreens, gracing your garden all year round. Many homes in St Louis are as old as the city itself and still have large gardens of manicured lawns. All of these need tending and maintenance so cordless lawn mowers are a simple solution to keeping gardens looking nice and neat. Visit some of the city’s beautiful public gardens, like the Missouri Botanical Gardens for a lazy afternoon walk and to get some ideas to grace the garden in your yard.
4. Orlando, Florida
The gorgeous weather enjoyed by the residents of Orlando in Florida is also the same weather that allows avid gardeners to add pops of outrageous but stunning color to their own properties. One of the most noted aspects of Orlando in terms of gardening is the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival at Disney World. Alongside the lush garden displays and tropical plants of all colors and types are the super cute topiary displays. You too can have these topiary features in your home garden. Just choose the right trees or shrubs to plant, wait for them to grow, and let the hedge trimmers turn them into something extraordinary.
5. Wilmington, North Carolina
Weather in Wilmington, North Carolina is heaven for those who love to garden. With an average temperature of 64 degrees Fahrenheit, residents in this city can practically keep a garden going all year round. Apart from being able to grow breathtaking ornamental gardens, residents here can also enjoy a lot of organic, homegrown fruit and vegetables for most of the year. From about mid-April to the end of summer, salad ingredients like tomatoes, cucumbers, and spring onions can be grown with things like lettuce, cabbages, and kale extending right into winter. Vines with berries and fruit trees also do really well in this warm climate so if your aim as a gardener is to become self-sufficient, this is the city to be in.
6. Chicago, Illinois
Famous for being the windy city, Chicago in Illinois is also a city known for some of the prettiest gardens in the U.S. Some of the best public gardens in the U.S. can be found in Chicago, such as The Art Institute of Chicago South Garden, Lurie Garden, and Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool, just to name a few. However, to see some of Chicago’s most amazing private gardens you need to look up. Rooftop gardens are very popular in the Windy City and many people will wait for years to get a rooftop apartment just for the garden space. Whether you hire the expertise of a landscape artist or fire up your own creative juices, you can transform a bland, dull-looking rooftop into your own Garden of Eden. Once you have set up your rooftop garden, you’ll want to show it off to your friends so make sure you have a dedicated barbecue area. Pellet grills are ideal for rooftop gardens as they give your food the smokey flavor without a full-on fire burning.
No matter where you live in the U.S., or any other place in the world, you can create a stunning garden with just a little space and a bit of imagination. Hanging baskets, planters and other implements can turn even a tiny space in the city into a garden space for you to wind down in after a long, tiring day. Get your gloves on and start playing with some dirt.