Did you know there are plants around today with prehistoric origins? You could implement many of these outside your home to give yourself quite an admirable mesozoic garden space! Now is the time of year to start brainstorming garden ideas and plan your landscaping for a grand spring/summer showcase. Going with prehistoric plants from the mezozoic period would help give you something hardy to withstand the test of time, and provide you with a great vibe for your state of mind.
Here are some of the plants you will want to look for:
Ferns were once the primary vegetation covering the Earth! There are many different existing species and they range in size from low mounding ground covers to tall fern trees. They typically grow in woodlands, so are well adapted for shady beds or indoor planting.
Horsetails are amongst the oldest plants in existence, but they are a bit of a risky plant because they are actually considered an invasive weed in some areas. You need to check with a local native plant organization before planting these! They are pretty cool to have in your garden though, because they sport two different looks as they grow from spring to summer. They’re useful too, as their stems make an excellent scouring brush for cleaning pots and pans!
Gingko is a deciduous landscape tree. It produces beautiful fan shaped leaves that show beautiful fall colours. There is one problem though … the female trees give off a putrid odour, so you want to make sure you get the male species! That’s right, the male and female reproductive structures form on different trees. Gingko would be a beautiful tree to add some height to your outdoor space.
Cyads have soft fern-like leaves. They are considered shrubs and they reach a height of approximately 3 feet. They grow best in warmer climates, but if you live somewhere cooler you can always plant them in a pot outside and just bring them indoors for the winter. They grow well in either full sun or shade though, so use them within your landscape design as you see fit!
If you use any of the above plants, you will have a lot of green going on in your garden! Add some beautiful colour with Magnolias, some of the earliest angiosperms. When looking at magnolias you will have over 80 different species to choose from. Some will remain small, like shrubs, while others will become large trees.
Of course, what would a mesozoic garden be without a dinosaur to enjoy it?!
Mixing up the above plants with mesozoic looking rock formations and your own personal touches is key to creating an outdoor garden space all the neighbours will be begging to come over and hang out in. We have discovered an App to help you plan out your ideas. The App, Garden Sketch, is designed for the iPad and is available for free for the months of September and October. As an extra inspiration to get moving on transforming your current garden, Garden Sketch is holding weekly contests with design challenges involved.