You can still do home gardening despite your busy schedule and your tight budget by considering the following gardening styles. These styles do not require much of your time and they do not cost much, but they will show after a time that you have put great care and effort into your garden, not mentioning the joy and love that you feel as you do your gardening.

One of these great but simple gardening styles is Zen gardening. A Zen garden is easy to maintain because it is not overloaded with plants, which require maintenance. It is a place where you can stay calm, be quiet and contemplate. You use rock, sand, water features, pebbles, stone and bamboo panels to design a calm space where you can get away from the stresses of the world.

For your Zen garden, you need to choose plants that thrive all through the four seasons. Evergreens and perennials are great plants for a Zen garden.

Another budget-friendly home gardening style is cottage gardening. A cottage garden reflects the old-fashioned and modest lifestyle of the cottage households of long ago. There are no rules, except that the plants must receive natural light and easy to water. Herbs are planted alongside favorite flowers, with diversity given more importance than layout. The common cottage plants are roses, hydrangeas, lilacs, rosemary, citrus and other flowering perennials.

The third simple but great style is contemporary gardening. This type of gardening fits condo units or other dwellings that have smaller yards. Since space is scarce, plant containers are common in contemporary gardening. Plants are also chosen for their ability to thrive in enclosed spaces and for their tidy habit. Plants with leaves that have distinctive shapes or colors are great for contemporary gardens.

The gardening style that has become popular during this time of environmental consciousness is eco-friendly gardening. Anything that helps nature, that prevents waste and that provides a friendly habitat for birds, lizards, butterflies and ladybugs is eco-friendly.

Green gardening activities include water recycling, using compost, avoiding the use of herbicides and pesticides, using low-water-use shrubs and using plants that are resistant to drought, pest and disease.

Among the best low-water plants are agaves, yucca and sedum and among the best drought-tolerant plants are lavender, citrus and Russian sage.

You do not have to do your home gardening in one shot; take your time, cherish the moment and enjoy.

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