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The Taurus Garden
A Taurus garden will be a work of art. It will be your labor of love. You'll be known throughout your neighborhood for your excellent landscape. The garden will hearken to another era of imagination and innovation.
Taurus is known as the gardener sign. The earth based element rules the heart of spring. People born under this sign crave nature, beauty, and symmetry.
A garden based off this astrological sign will have:
- A variety of green plants: anything that is green goes.
- Any spring related flowers. The garden should be fragrant, eye catching, and mesmerizing.
- Any spring related fruits and vegetables. Especially green, pink, and white ones.
- Imagery related to the planet Venus, the planet of love. Your garden should be romantic. It should look like the perfect place for a date.
Taurus is often described with the Biblical imagery of the Garden of Eden. Adam is often described as a Taurus. There is some pressure as a Taurus to have a gorgeous outdoor space, but don't try to come at this like it is a competition. Gardens are meant to be communal, good for the planet, and good for your soul.
How to Make Your Garden Romantic
Before we get into what you should plant, let's get into some designs and aesthetics that will make your gardenscape feel like it belongs to the astrological sign Taurus. We're going to get inspiration from Venus, not Mars. Your garden is for love, not war.
- Add statues and romantic looking fountains. Maybe take inspiration from Aphrodite, cupid, or cute baby angels. Add ornate stone fountains. Taurus does well with nostalgic items, not necessary new and emerging technologies.
- Look for flowers with unique shapes, like hearts. Trumpet shaped flowers look nice too, like daffodils.
- Color is a plus. You don't want your garden to look monochromatic. Taurus is a sign that supports and strengthens colors.
- Add charming youthful items: art dedicated to rabbits, wind chimes, colorful pinwheels, bubble machines, bird houses, porch swings, latticed wood, etc.
You should put extra effort into your garden's entrance. Think beyond the normal wooden fence and lock.
You could make an entrance with bricks, with lovely beams or my favorite: the moon gate.
Moon gates are popular in China. They're rounded gate entrances that help with the overall initial aesthetic of your garden space. The rounded feature also makes it more fantasy like. I'm all for making your garden seem like a fantasy or dream.
The moon gate's circular shape is also associated more with yin, and Taurus is more of a yin sign than a yang sign.
The entrance should make you feel excited to see what is beyond the gate. Soften the look with vines or little flowers. Those who haven't entered yet shouldn't be able to guess what is behind the door.
Amplify Beauty with Paths
Serpentine pathways. Rounded paths add mystery and charm. Straight paths make your garden more predictable. Straight paths work best around your fruits and veggies. More rounded and playful paths work beautifully with flowers, shrubs, and trees.
Consider fun materials for your paths:
Buy a lovely table and chairs. Put them around a fountain and potted flowers. Keep as many items as possible rounded to amplify yin energy.
Add a statue of something beautiful and alluring. The sound of water can be both calming and charming. You need a place to eat your lunch that seems magical. A place where you can drink a hot cup of tea or a chilled cup of lemonade.
Adding candles can give your garden area or patio a romantic glow. You can opt for real ones and tend to them.
You can also buy LED and battery operated ones. Subtle background lighting that is gentle and soft is appropriate for a Taurus style garden.
A pond can help romanticize your garden. Consider adding a waterway where you can watch fish swim. A bridge over water is an incredibly romantic image.
Taurus likes colors, so add fish of different varieties. Make sure you add fish that are agreeable with each other. Don't mix freshwater and saltwater fish together, etc.
Bamboo screams spring. Add bamboo flooring, furniture, and other decorations to give your garden a gentle spirit. Bamboo can look extremely attractive, and you can get it in different colors.
Borrow from the Victorian Era
The Victorian garden would be filled with hollyhocks — spikes of rosette blooms, snapdragons, chrysanthemums, marigolds, violas, hyacinths, lilies, and red hot pokers.
During the Victorian era, inventions were created to better take care of yards. The lawnmower made it easier to manicure the grass. Horticultural knowledge made it easier to control nature altogether.
- Add a gazebo or other place for entertaining guests.
- Plant seasonal items in geometric patterns.
- Path and edging in terracotta tiling.
- Make your garden a show, not just a place of nature.
- Select bright and beautiful flowers.
Roses are a symbol of the Victorian era. A Taurus garden isn't complete without the beautiful roses in a variety of colors. You should definitely have rosebushes.
Shrubs: the more outlandish, the better. Think camellias, azaleas, forsythias, and magnolias. Skimmias with winter berries will impress. In the spring, you want a world of bluebells together with primroses, foxgloves, and wild violets. Ferns were popular back in this age. Be careful to incorporate plants that are native to your area.
Apple and pear trees were also popular varieties. The Victorians loved fruit trees. These can get messy. They can also invite bugs into your yard, from bees to butterflies.
The Victorians made impressive glasshouses and ferneries to house tender specimens and grow exotic plants, such as pineapples. Wrought iron made it possible to make large glasshouses in botanic gardens.
Victorian greenhouses include the following features:
- Steep roof pitch for maximum light transmission
- Headroom for palms and other tall plants
- Glass panels, generally more narrow than those used in modern greenhouses
- Period features such as cresting and finials
- Built from high-quality timber
- High rides and long panes of toughened glass
Victorian gardens are also made all the more lovely with arches to support honeysuckles and other climbers. The arches add structure and height while enhancing the garden.
The lampposts hearken to an older time that was just on the cusp of magic. Made of high quality aluminium with a black and gold finish. Topped with an opaque glazed lamp holder. The extra light in your garden, and from an old source, will wow your guests.
Adding gas lamps is one of the quickest ways to help your garden get that Victorian feel. Look to the historically preserved city Eureka Springs, Arkansas for inspiration.
Think birdbaths, sundials, statues, urns, and pieces jutting out of walls. The stone features add structure to your garden. They can be ominous: people may feel like the objects are staring at them. Stone features are nice alongside pergola.
You want to use stone objects to convey a romantic mood: I can't say this enough, but add statues. You want a statue of a goddess or two lovers embracing.
Haddonstone, Chilstone, and Borderstone all reference and reproduce Victorian designs. These items can be used to replace damaged stones or help you recreate a Victorian space.
Fruits and Veggies in Season
Since Taurus is the renowned ruler of spring, you should plant items that are in season in spring. You want your garden and outdoor space to look lush all year. But your core focus is spring.
Cucumber: Taurus loves green and fresh produce. You can enjoy cucumbers all summer long. Plant them two weeks after the last frost. They require sunlight. They also need warm soil. Pick a sunny spot for your cucumber seeds. Add lots of fertilizer. Plant in rows with the social distancing rule in mind: six feet apart.
Honeydew: plant in late spring when the soil is warm. Build up hill mounds that are about three feet wide. Flatten the tops. Dig moats around the mounds. Add fertilizer to the soil to help the melons grow. Add four to six seeds in each mound. Your seeds should be about an inch into the ground.
Broccoli: the veggies with afros thrive in acidic soil. They can survive in cold weather. Plant the seeds half an inch into the ground. Start fertilizing three weeks after planting.
Asparagus: plant year old crowns 4-6 weeks before the last frost date. Keep in mind seedlings will need an extra year to establish. Asparagus needs plenty of sun. It does well in sandy and loamy soil.
Lettuce: cool, wet spring weather is the perfect time to grow lettuce. There are hundreds of varieties, so you may need to do research. Romaine and butterhead are cold-tolerant. Heat, drought, and stress will cause lettuce to bolt. Plant a new crop every two to three weeks.
To protect lettuce from the frost: cover the garden with sheets or towels to insulate them. A long frost could ruin your lettuce. Sun exposure: partial shade. Soil needs: rich, amended soil.
Peas: plant when the snow stops. Some people plant these on St. Patrick's Day as a tradition.
Peas abhor extreme temperatures. They don't do well in the freezing cold nor the sweltering heat. Use a trellis to support vines and to make harvesting easier for you. You'll want to plant them around March to May.
Beets: not green, but still a spring favorite. These suckers do well right after the last frost. The ground can be cool but not frozen. Beets don't do well in heat.
Beets don't require a lot of space. You can grow the veggies in pots. For the ground: use a garden tiller. You want the soil to be loose / rock-free. Soak beet seeds in warm water until their shells soften. Plant them half an inch into the soil. Keep that soil moist over the season.
Tomatoes: the fruit that can be used in just about anything needs warm soil. Plant tomatoes in late spring: Gemini times. Add compost and fertilizer to the soil. Tomatoes need plenty of nutrients. Also, plants the seeds apart. They need room to spread out their round frames.
Peppers: these spicy treats grow best if you live in a warm climate. You might want to plant the seeds in a greenhouse if you live somewhere further away from the equator. Pepper seeds: put them in a warm and wet paper towel inside a plastic bag. Once the seeds sprout: move them to a pot... and eventually to the ground, if it's warm. Overnight temperature should be above 55°F.
Carrots: one of the most popular spring foods. In fact, is it really a spring garden without carrots? It's one of my favorite vegetables, and quite possibly the best veggie for cakes. Plant them a few weeks before the last frost. Likely in February or March. Carrots do well in loose soil with no rocks.
Plant the seeds three inches apart in rows about a foot apart. Don't use manure on your carrot gardening space... it does weird things to them.
Beans: these magical charms need six hours of uninterrupted sunlight. Bean seeds should be planted one inch into the soil, three inches away from each other.
Garlic: Taurus abhors a vampire, so garlic is an added bonus. The stinky plants naturally repels bugs. You can plant them in the fall or spring. Plant cloves two inches into the soil and four inches apart. Cut off flower shoots — they can disrupt the growth of the bulbs.
Onions: plant in early spring in soil mixed with compost. Bulbs should be at least six inches apart. Water is consistently needed, but onions are resistant: the veggies can snap back from a drought.
Potatoes: plant these at the beginning of spring. They're not too phased by colder temps. You want acidic soil that's loose. Tightly compact soil = mutant potatoes.
For planting: cut up a potato into chunks, eye side up, four inches deep. When the stems reach eight inches: cover the bottoms with extra soil. Sunlight = green potatoes and a bitter taste. Keep those potatoes covered for optimum taste.
Raspberries: berries are full of antioxidants and can be used in a variety of dishes. Plant in early spring: it yields the best flavor. Berries are prone to root rot, so plant them in a raised bed with rich soil that drains. Manure or compost helps the raspberries produce a rich flavor.
Planting Spring Flowers
A Taurus garden should be flowing with beautiful flowers. You could sell your flowers because they're so pretty. Spring is a perfect time to plant and nature flora. This list should help inspire you when it comes to planting.
Pansies: the flowers bloom in cool spring or fall like weather. The perennial provides color in early-season flower beds, containers, and window boxes. Petals come in a variety of colors: rosy red to violent violet. The blooms grow well with direct sunlight or partial shade. Plant in moist soil that drains well. Size: 10 inches tall and 12 inches wide.
Tulips: they love the sun. They come in every color of the rainbow. They fit in just about any style of garden. Tulips are great for the casual gardener. They can grow a few inches to a couple of feet.
Daffodils: who doesn't like a trumpet daffodil? They make just about everyone happy. The flowers come in a range of shapes and sizes. The flowers are worshipers of the sun.
Let the daffodil foliage die on its own; it will rejuvenate the plants the following year.
Grape hyacinth: gorgeous clusters of spring bulbs in purple. They hang from stalks and look like grapes. They love the sun. They love soil that drains well.
Crocus: a flower variety with many colors: white, yellow, purple, and pink. They do well right at the beginning of spring. Crocus also range in size: delicate blooms to wild abstractions. They need full sun exposure.
Winter aconite: once the snow has melted, the winter aconite is ready to bloom. Its growth is limited to spring. Too much heat makes it shrivel. The flowers need plenty of sunlight in order to burst into full blossoms.
Yellow Trillium: grows well in the months of March to May. The flowers die when it gets too hot. It has marbled leaves and delicate white-yellow blooms. Pair it with other shade abiding plants. These plants do well in moist and well-drained soil. Size: 16 inches tall, 12 inches wide.
Celadine Poppy: bright yellow and orange flowers. It's one of the first to make a pop in spring. Poppies look like delicate wildflowers. It craves moisture and some shade.
Dutchman's Breeches: blooms in pink or white. It's a variety of bleeding heart with clusters of 10 or more on a stem. The flowers like partial sunlight. They can grow up to three feet tall.
Virginia Bluebells: self-seed, so they pop up between other flowers. Once summer arrives, the bluebells die. It's best to plant summer type flowers around the bluebells. They like sunlight, but it doesn't have to be full blast.
False Forget-Me-Nots: heart-shaped leaves that are easy to care for and plant. The leaves can take a turn for the worst in summer. Cut them and new leaves will grow.
The flowers may self-seed. Divide the plants every three years or so to give them a new lease on life. It needs shade and rich, moist, well-drained soil.
Lungwort: the flora has a terrible name that sounds like something for a witch brew, but it has a delightful look. Lungwort doesn't care for summer. The white flowers remain that color. The pink ones turn blue after pollination. The pink and blue combo might remind you of the ever changing dress Aurora wears in Sleeping Beauty.
Pig Squeak: an abundance will grow together in a wonderful pink shade. In the fall, it turns a copper-red color. Pig squeak are early spring bloomers. The leaves stay strong for the season.
It actually makes a pig like squeak when you rub the leaves with your fingers. These strange flowers need full sunlight to partial shade.
Hellebore: AKA Lenten rose and Christmas rose. These spring flowers have resistance to heat and can persevere in light frosts. It's a versatile spring flower. You'll have confidence in it if you live in an area with mixed spring weather patterns. Hellebore likes shade, moist soil, and good drainage.
Bloodroot: welcome to plant in March. The white flowers linger through late spring. It's a good fit for a shaded or woodland gardenscape. Plant bloodroot in moist, well-drained soil.
Puschkinia: small bulbs with a twist: a distinct stripe of darker color running down the center of petals.
The taller foliage helps shield lower spring growers who like a tad bit of shade: think crocus and hellebore.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2021 Andrea Lawrence
srsddn from Dehra Dun, India on March 03, 2021:
Beautiful and very detailed description. Thanks for sharing.