Garden Styles - Islamic Garden

Faith and geography, are probably the two, most significant factors in Islamic Garden design.

Refuge from the hot, sunny and dry weather, -Islamic garden expresses perception of heavenly life in orderly yet, comfortable environment, it is created by clever usage of clean, man-made structures, classic layout, and elaborate planting approach.

In its simplest form, Islamic garden is of rectangular shape, surrounded either by wall or house, boldly separating it from the world outside. Inside, irrigation channels, enable water flow into the garden, sustain its life and feed centrally placed fountain or another type of water reservoir. They also divide the garden into smaller symmetrical sections, all in simple, geometrical shapes.

Layout, water, and walled exterior are thus fundamental in Islamic garden design.

Plants bring final completeness to these gardens. Spear-like cypresses and ground covers, create perfect, year-round canvas for highlighting seasonal horticultural displays. Trees, such as dates, olives, and almonds bring fruit and shade. Flowers provide finishing touch with their fragrance and eye-pleasing beauty.

Sometimes referred to as Paradise Gardens on Earth, Islamic gardens became an inspiration to artists and gardeners alike. Today, they still hold strong appeal and prove an asset, a safe haven, to enjoy nature, family, friends, and most of all, - one's good fortune.

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References
Find more about Famous Islamic Gardens in
India (Shalimar Gardens (Srinagar), Taj Mahal (Agra)), Pakistan ( Shalimar Gardens (Lahore)), Spain (Alhambra & Generalife Gardens), Islamic Gardens

Special Thanks
Special Thanks to these Town & Country Gardens Contributors:
bulabean, dive-angel (Karin),  Jasmine&Roses, Rita Crane Photography, Rita Crane, daughter of LIFE magazine photographer Ralph Crane. Her work can be seen on Flickr at Rita Crane Photography or on her website.yosoynuts/CC 2.0TMR Davies, W. D. Williams

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