The Aquarius Garden
By definition, an Aquarian garden is almost impossible to categorize. This is because Aquarians revel in being unique, original, and their aim is to be different from everyone else, so their gardens tend to reflect this (depending on the general ‘mix’ of other signs in their birth-chart).
A combination of the unusual, with an infusion of what’s in vogue, may predominate. Materials may be modern, stylish yet practical. Some will love gadgets, and will have the latest lighting, stereo system, screen for movies, etc.
If you’d like to explore new ideas, I can thoroughly recommend Diarmuid Gavin’s “Outer Spaces”, which is overflowing with designs, plant ideas, etc. that cater for the individual (and families), and also features some wonderful unique ‘rooms’.
When it comes to colour, anything that breaks the rules will do. Aquarians enjoy rebelling, and doing their own thing, with the result that they tend to start trends, and enjoy breakthroughs into new territory.
Christopher Lloyd (1921 – 2006) came to mind as I was writing this. I looked him up, to see if he was an Aquarian. It turns out he had the Sun in Pisces (March 2nd), but also that this Sun was conjunct Uranus, and Mercury. As Uranus rules Aquarius, having this conjunction bestows definite Aquarian tendencies.
In “Colour for Adventurous Gardeners” he wrote, “Given the right circumstances, I believe every colour can be successfully used with any other.” “Rules, it has been said, are meant to be broken.” “Not everyone has the gift of true originality but we can at least free ourselves of the unnecessary shackles imposed by convention.” See what I mean? He also had the Moon in Sagittarius, which adds more emphasis for his inclination to feel free, and to explore new ideas.
As Aquarius is an air sign, the sky itself can be enjoyed as part of the design. Just have a seat, somewhere to gaze upward and wonder at the ever-changing mood, colour, cloud patterns, flight trails and bird formations that are there for free. Be receptive to what appears, and feel the magic.
If you’d like the feel of an Aquarian garden, combine unusual plants, be daring with colour, add something unexpected (they usually like surprises), and put as much of your own idiosyncrasies in there without apology. If you want it to look wild and to blend in with surrounding countryside, fine. If you want a garden full of gnomes, goddesses, standing stones, so be it. The main thing is to enjoy what you have.
Copyright: Sue Walker. January 2007.