Through my professional experience in landscape design, I’ve come to the conclusion that there is a marked difference between the kinds of plants that men and women like to see in their gardens.
Don’t throw tomatoes at me for generalizing but I will stand behind my claim!
I want to hear from myÂ EdenMaker readers.
Does my husband, Larry have a preference for certain plants because he is a male?
Some disclosure before we dive into this discussion:
My husband Larry has zero opinion about the plants used in our landscape.
He had MANY opinions about where the spa and pond were to be located but was mum about the plants!
So my claims are based on experience with my clients.
Plant Preferences According to the Sexes
Men prefer “hot colors” (reds, oranges, yellows, or Â “just” green) over pastel colors and Â are attracted to bold, architectural plants like palms,Â bamboo, phormiums, agave’s, ornamental grasses and other “strappy plants.”
The “male garden” communicates in bold gestures with “very few words,” Â a limited plant pallet that sometimes translates to a simple, lush green lawn.
Strappy Phormiums …
…“Red Hot Pokers”…
and Sago Palms (any palm) are good examples of what I consider “manly plants.”
Do I favor specific types of plants because I’m female?
Female gardeners, by contrast usually appreciate the detail of a finely marked Columbine, Â the gentleness of of a dainty bulb and the scent of a rapturous rose.
(Women are likely to be smiling in agreement or puking by now).
Gorgeous mauve orchid planted outdoors
Pinks, lavenders, peaches and other relaxing colors are favored by female gardeners, although I notice many women Â are open to hot colors as well.
Men are less likely to fill their gardens with pastel colors.
“Feminine” mixed container garden
Decorative touches belong in all gardens, but women tend to include them in their gardens more than men do.
“Female gardens” Â feature edible plants as well as colorful andÂ fragrant plants and many times, are a platform for Â personal expression, artistry and whimsy.
Male and Female Common Ground in the Garden
Both sexes can’t resist edible plants such as Â this cucumber vine Â growing on a trellis!
Commonalities between the sexes include Â vegetable and fruit gardens and use of Â native plants and ornamental grasses.
Of course, but they are only observations.
This is not an empirical study, so chill if you don’t agree!
I’m curious Â about your opinion.
So what do you say?
State your sex, plant and color preferences as well as planting zone and “school me on the reality of gardening for the sexes” if you think I’m way off!
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