People love to collect different things. Collecting things can be a very interesting hobby, which in some cases, is also associated with investing money. People collect stamps, coins, badges, banknotes and even plants. Those who collect plants, usually have a true collector's gardens. Collector's garden is a garden where a variety of plants is planted to be presented, preserved and reproduced. They are planted after a certain key. Collector's gardens usually look more like botanical gardens rather than family gardens.
Outdoors can grow only those plants that thrive in our climate zone, for others we must ensure adequate growing conditions in the greenhouse or conservatory. Some collect trees and shrubs, perennials and others annuals and biennials. Larger plants need a bigger garden. If we decide to collect tropical plants, we need a large conservatory or greenhouse, where we can provide the right conditions through year.
Most attention in the collector's garden we should put in growing conditions. Some plants are very demanding and we have to prepare a special mixture of soil. Such plants are planted in raised beds or in containers. We should be careful to plant together only plants that need similar growing conditions. We plant together those plants that thrive in moist habitats, those who need dry conditions, etc. When designing garden, we have to have a lot of knowledge about the plants that we want to cultivate.
When collecting plants, we must be able to reproduce them. This is the most important for annuals, biennials and perennials. Perennials may be damaged by weather conditions, pests or eaten by animals. Therefore, it makes sense to regularly reproduce plants and plant them in different beds. If you are successful in reproduction, you can change them for others with other collectors or sell them at plants flea market.
All plants in the garden should be marked with identification tag for visitors and other family members to identify them. More valuable plants should be protected by a fence, to prevent damage from animals, children, and visitors. Even the family garden may be partly collector's garden if we accept the fact that the plants will surely suffer some damage. If the garden is near the forest, take care to properly fence it to prevent wild animals to enter it and eat valuable plants.
There are many people who are interested in plants and are happy to see collector's gardens. If you are not afraid of such a visit, once or several times a year you can open your garden to the public. In this way you can exchange experiences with other plants lover and get to know new people.
There is one important fact about collector's garden that is necessary to draw attention to. Collecting and growing plants that do not grow in our environment can cause major problems. Plants can very easily escape from the garden and this can not be prevented. Such plants are danger for our environment as they destroy native plants. Their removal is very difficult and costly, and some can even harm people.